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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: Blood Clotting Cases Cause Calls for Pause in US•6d
& Johnson Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control will stop using the vaccine at federal sites and urge states to do so as well while they examine the safety issues.
Pentagon Confirms 'Pyramid-Shaped' UFO Video Footage Is Authentic5d
What the heck is this?
NASA chooses SpaceX to take humans back to Moon2d
NASA has selected SpaceX to land the first astronauts on the surface of the Moon since 1972, the agency said Friday, in a huge victory for Elon Musk's company.
For First Time Ever, Scientists Create Part-Human, Part-Monkey Embryos4d
For the first time ever, NPR reports , an international team of scientists have created chimera embryos that are made up of both human and monkey cells. The research, as detailed in a paper published in the journal Cell today, is meant to help scientists find new ways to grow organs intended for human transplants. Finding organs available for transplant is becoming increasingly difficult in the U
Welcome to the New Progressive Era5d
W ashington in the first days of the Biden administration is a place for double takes: A president associated with the politics of austerity is spending money with focused gusto, a crisis isn’t going to waste, and Senator Bernie Sanders is happy. People like to tell you they saw things coming. But as I talked to many of the campers in Joe Biden’s big tent, particularly those who, like me, were sk
Rapid Covid testing in England may be scaled back over false positives4d
Exclusive: In leaked emails, Matt Hancock’s adviser says there is ‘urgent need for decisions’ on asymptomatic testing Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Senior government officials have raised “urgent” concerns about the mass expansion of rapid coronavirus testing, estimating that as few as 2% to 10% of positive results may be accurate in places with low Covid rates, su
Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows3d
New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioning The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis. The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat through the atmosphere into space. In tests, it cooled surf
Part-human, part-monkey embryos grown in lab dishes3d
The advance brings up some ethical questions.
Success! NASA's Ingenuity Makes 1st Powered Flight On Mars6h
The tiny helicopter took off and hovered briefly — the first such flight on another planet. The Perseverance rover kept tabs on the mission from a viewing point about 60 yards away. (Image credit: NASA via AP)
Scientists Develop New Blood Test That Could Diagnose Your Level of Depression2d
Welcome to the future.
New NASA visualization probes the light-bending dance of binary black holes3d
A pair of orbiting black holes millions of times the Sun's mass perform a hypnotic pas de deux in a new NASA visualization. The movie traces how the black holes distort and redirect light emanating from the maelstrom of hot gas—called an accretion disk—that surrounds each one.
The mRNA Vaccines Are Looking Better and Better5d
A year ago, when the United States decided to go big on vaccines, it bet on nearly every horse, investing in a spectrum of technologies. The safest bets, in a way, repurposed the technology behind existing vaccines, such as protein-based ones for tetanus or hepatitis B. The medium bets were on vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, which use adenovirus vectors, a technology that had
SETI Research Director Warns of “Malevolent” Alien Civilizations3d
Unfriendly Skies While many scientists are trying their hardest to make first contact, or at least find evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization, others are asking a crucial question: Are we sure we would really want aliens to find us? “We have no reason to believe that technological advancement and altruism or morality are somehow linked,” SETI researcher Andrew Siemion told Inverse . “There
What Ever Happened to Donald Trump?4d
The president was insistent as he left office: “We’re not going anywhere.” It had been a turbulent end of the presidency—impeachment, appalling pardons, and a lengthy dispute over the outcome of the presidential election—but he knew that he had a devoted following, and he had every intention to remain a force in politics. And not just him: His family was eager to cash in on his electoral success,
Prehistoric cannibal victim found in death cave ID'ed as a young girl3d
"The Boy of Gran Dolina," a young individual in the extinct Homo antecessor species found at a site in Spain, is actually female, according to new analysis of dental remains.
The obscure maths theorem that governs the reliability of Covid testing1d
There’s been much debate about lateral flow tests – their accuracy depends on context and the theories of a 18th-century cleric Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Maths quiz. If you take a Covid test that only gives a false positive one time in every 1,000, what’s the chance that you’ve actually got Covid? Surely it’s 99.9%, right? No! The correct answer is: you have no
Weed Absolutely Wrecks Your Vision, According to New Research3d
It turns out that smoking weed can utterly mess with your vision, according to a new study by University of Granada scientists. Maybe that’s not a surprise to the average drug-doer , but it still might come as shock to many who think they’re still operating at 100 percent. While smoking impaired volunteers’ visual acuity, depth perception, and ability to focus, a surprisingly high percentage of v
Multi-wavelength observations reveal impact of black hole on M87 galaxy5d
In 2019, a worldwide collaboration of scientists used a global collection of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) to make the first-ever image of a black hole—the supermassive black hole at the core of the galaxy M87, some 55 million light-years from Earth. This long-sought achievement was an important scientific landmark. However, any image at a single wavelength can give onl
First Flight of NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Is Delayed5d
The interplanetary aircraft will launch no earlier than next week because of glitches in its flight-control software — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
100,000-year-old Neanderthal footprints show children playing in the sand6d
Fossilized footprints on a beach in Spain were made about 100,000 years ago by a family of Neanderthals, including children who jumped about as if playing in the sand.
Why were the ancient Egyptians obsessed with cats?2d
If cats were loved, why were so many sacrificed?
'Godzilla' shark discovered in New Mexico gets formal name2d
The 300-million-year-old shark's teeth were the first sign that it might be a distinct species.
The Blood-Clot Problem Is Multiplying2d
For weeks, Americans looked on as other countries grappled with case reports of rare, sometimes fatal blood abnormalities among those who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. That vaccine has not yet been authorized by the FDA, so restrictions on its use throughout Europe did not get that much attention in the United States. But Americans experienced a rude awakening this week w
Plastic Is Falling From the Sky. But Where’s It Coming From?6d
At any given time, 1,100 tons of microplastic are floating over the western US. New modeling shows the surprising sources of the nefarious pollutant.
The frequencies of a vibrating spider web have been made into music2d
A virtual reality experience converts the vibrations spiders feel on their webs into sound, giving us a sense of how spiders experience the world
Archaeologists Unearth a ‘Lost Golden City’ in Egypt3d
The Luxor finding has been called "the second most important archaeological discovery" since King Tut's tomb.
3,500-year-old honeypot is the oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa4d
Honey is humankind's oldest sweetener—and for thousands of years it was also the only one. Indirect clues about the significance of bees and bee products are provided by prehistoric petroglyphs on various continents, created between 8,000 and 40,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptian reliefs indicate the practice of beekeeping as early as 2600 year BCE. But for sub-Saharan Africa, direct archaeological e
Parents Are Sacrificing Their Social Lives on the Altar of Intensive Parenting1d
Over the past few decades, American parents have been pressured into making a costly wager: If they sacrifice their hobbies, interests, and friendships to devote as much time and as many resources as possible to parenting, they might be able to launch their children into a stable adulthood. While this gamble sometimes pays off , parents who give themselves over to this intensive form of child-rea
NASA has selected SpaceX’s Starship as the lander to take astronauts to the moon2d
Later this decade, NASA astronauts are expected to touch down on the lunar surface for the first time in decades. When they do, according to an announcement made by the agency, they’ll be riding inside SpaceX’s Starship vehicle. NASA’s award of a $2.9 billion contract to build Starship, first reported by the Washington Post on April 16 and later confirmed by NASA, is a huge achievement for the sp
Bitcoin mining emissions in China will hit 130 million tonnes by 20242d
The carbon emissions associated with mining bitcoin in China alone will soon outstrip the total annual emissions of mid-sized European countries
What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep3d
Understanding how other animals dream could help us figure out why it’s so important to the human brain, and why it may have been preserved throughout history.
SpaceX, NASA give 'go' for astronaut launch, 3rd for Dragon3d
SpaceX is gearing up for its third astronaut launch in under a year, after getting the green light from NASA a week ahead of next Thursday's planned flight.
NASA spacecraft leaves mess after grabbing asteroid samples3d
A NASA spacecraft left a mess at an asteroid when it grabbed a load of rubble last year for return to Earth, new pictures revealed Thursday.
Motion minskar risken för att drabbas svårt av covid-195d
Covid-patienter som varit fysiskt inaktiva löper betydligt högre risk att bli inlagda på sjukhus, få intensivvård och riskera att avlida, enligt en ny studie.
Two Die in Fiery Tesla Wreck, Seemingly in Self-Driving Mode3h
A Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and burst into flames on Saturday evening in Spring, Texas, not far from Houston — but investigators of the wreck found neither of its occupants in the driver’s seat. Following the fatal crash, two bodies were removed from the wreck, neither of which was actually behind the wheel. One person was in the front passenger seat, while the other body was found in the
Mathematicians Settle the Erdős Coloring Conjecture1d
Fifty years ago, three mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team has finally settled it.
New kind of blue found in cabbage could replace synthetic food dye2d
Scientists have come up with a natural cabbage-based alternative to artificial blue food colouring and used it to make blue ice cream and other foods
The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season4d
Chamise may not look (or smell) like much, but it's actually a kind of crystal ball for understanding how badly California might burn.
A Firmware Issue Threatens to Make PS4 Games Unplayable3h
Without a fix to older PlayStations, it’s only a matter of time before older games are rendered obsolete.
Hubble watches cosmic light bend1d
This extraordinary image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy cluster Abell 2813 (also known as ACO 2813) has an almost delicate beauty, which also illustrates the remarkable physics at work within it. The image spectacularly demonstrates the concept of gravitational lensing.
Parker Solar Probe sees Venus orbital dust ring in first complete view1d
NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission has given scientists the first complete look at Venus' orbital dust ring, a collection of microscopic dust particles that circulates around the Sun along Venus' orbit. Though earlier missions have made some observations of Venus' orbital dust ring, Parker Solar Probe's images are the first to show the planet's dust ring for nearly its entire 360-degree span around
Turns Out, Spock Is Kinda Bad at Logic3d
For her new book, Julia Galef cataloged the Vulcan's predictions and found events he describes as "impossible" actually happened 83 percent of the time.
AstraZeneca vaccine elicits stronger T-cell response in elderly than Pfizer jab5d
Study adds to evidence in favour of spacing out doses to fight Covid
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Achieves Flight on Red Planet•4h
NASA Ingenuity Mars
NASA’s Mars helicopter has made history. Ingenuity , a small, four-pound rotorcraft that was dropped off by the agency’s Perseverance rover earlier this year, became the first manmade object to achieve powered, controlled flight on the surface of another planet earlier this morning. It’s a feat that could revolutionize the way we explore the surface of other planets, including Mars, in the medium
Forskare: Plasten vi använder i vardagen gör oss mer infertila1d
Ungefär var tionde kvinna i världen kämpar nu med infertilitet i minst 12 månader samtidigt som mängden och kvaliteten på spermier drastiskt minskat de senaste årtiondena. Enligt forskare är en av bovarna bakom våra fertilitetsproblem hormonstörande tillsatser i den plast som vi använder i vardagen. – All plast innehåller tillsatsämnen och all plast är ett problem, säger Pauliina Damdimopoulou, se
Pfizer chief says people will probably need yearly Covid booster3d
Albert Bourla proposes ‘annual revaccination’ programme to keep virus under control
Absolute abundance and preservation rate of Tyrannosaurus rex3d
Although much can be deduced from fossils alone, estimating abundance and preservation rates of extinct species requires data from living species. Here, we use the relationship between population density and body mass among living species combined with our substantial knowledge of Tyrannosaurus rex to calculate population variables and preservation rates for postjuvenile T. rex . We estimate that
The Interior Lives of Hoarders5h
Tomas Schuler / EyeEm / Getty I cannot remember whether I knew what compulsive hoarding was before 2009. Likely not. That year, the TV network A&E put the disorder on the cultural radar in an unparalleled way with its show Hoarders. The series introduced a public audience to a sometimes-private struggle—the obsessive need to acquire objects, coupled with the fear of letting them go—and offered it
Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?6h
Last week, I covered my nose and mouth with close-fitting fabric like a good citizen and walked to a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where I de-masked at a patio table to greet a friend. I sat with my chair facing the entrance and watched dozens of people perform the same ritual, removing a mask they’d worn outside and alone. It seemed like the most normal thing in the world. Until, suddenly, it
Autism develops differently in girls than boys, new research suggests3d
New research sheds light on how autism-spectrum disorder manifests in the brains of girls, prompting the scientists to warn that conclusions drawn from studies conducted primarily in boys should not be assumed to hold true for girls.
Blood Clot Risk from COVID-19 Higher than After Vaccines: Study3d
The chance of developing cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was nearly 10 times higher in the two weeks following a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection than after receiving an mRNA vaccine, a data analysis finds.
Giant planet at large distance from sun-like star puzzles astronomers4h
A team of astronomers led by Dutch scientists has directly imaged a giant planet orbiting at a large distance around a sun-like star. Why this planet is so massive and how it got to be there is a mystery. The researchers will publish their findings in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
NASA Lands Ingenuity, the First Ever Mars Helicopter•5h
NASA Ingenuity Mars
The copter safely whirled its way up and back down, demonstrating the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Ugens debat: Skal hvert bilmærke have sine egne ladestandere?2d
Efter samme model som Tesla er Porsche nu på vej til at rulle et netværk af ladestandere ud, forbeholdt producentens egne biler. Læserne på ing.dk havde delte meninger om, hvorvidt det er vejen at å for elbilbranchen.
DNA from cave dirt traces Neanderthal upheaval3d
Researchers face attacks from Bolsonaro regime3d
Materials challenges and opportunities for quantum computing hardware3d
Quantum computing hardware technologies have advanced during the past two decades, with the goal of building systems that can solve problems that are intractable on classical computers. The ability to realize large-scale systems depends on major advances in materials science, materials engineering, and new fabrication techniques. We identify key materials challenges that currently limit progress
A Song of Spider Silk4d
Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.
Pollinators Are in Trouble. Here's How Transforming Your Lawn Into a Native Wildflower Habitat Can Help4d
Biologists are recruiting everyday gardeners to save pollinators, with a little help from a smartphone app.
Forskere fra USA’s forsvar vil implantere microchips for at opdage corona5d
Konspirationsteoretikere mener at have fået ret, efter at forskere fra det amerikanske forsvarsministerium hævder at have udviklet en implanterbar mikrochip til at detektere coronavirus, før symptomerne opstår.
Comprehensive omic characterization of breast cancer in Mexican-Hispanic women5d
Nature Communications, Published online: 14 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22478-5 Cancers in different populations have been shown to be genetically distinct. Here, the authors sequence breast cancers from Mexican-Hispanic patients and find that these patients have a higher percentage of Akt1 mutations compared to Caucasian and Asian populations, suggesting these are clinically actionable.
Constraining the atmospheric limb of the plastic cycle [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]5d
Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental and social issues of the 21st century. Recent work has highlighted the atmosphere’s role in transporting microplastics to remote locations [S. Allen et al., Nat. Geosci. 12, 339 (2019) and J. Brahney, M. Hallerud, E. Heim, M. Hahnenberger, S. Sukumaran, Science…
Research investigates radio galaxy 3C 844h
An international team of astronomers has conducted a detailed kinematic study of a radio galaxy known as 3C 84. The research sheds more light on the properties of this source and its connection to gamma-ray emission. The study was detailed in a paper published April 7 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
NASA's New Horizons reaches a rare space milestone4h
In the weeks following its launch in early 2006, when NASA's New Horizons was still close to home, it took just minutes to transmit a command to the spacecraft, and hear back that the onboard computer received and was ready to carry out the instructions.
Vaccine link to serious clotting disorder firms up3d
Preparing for floods on the Third Pole3d
Kina skal lukke 600 kulkraftværker i en fart for at nå klimamål4d
En omlægning til vedvarende energi kan give landet en økonomisk gevinst på 1,6 trillioner dollars, viser analysen.
University in Japan revokes doctorate for plagiarism of text, image5d
A researcher in Japan has been stripped of his doctorate after a university investigation found that his thesis contained seven lines of plagiarized text and an image pulled from the internet without attribution. Takuma Hara received his PhD in medical sciences from Tsukuba University in March 2019, writing a thesis about a genetic mutation’s role … Continue reading
With impressive accuracy, dogs can sniff out coronavirus2d
In a proof-of-concept study, dogs identified positive samples with 96 percent accuracy.
Scientists generate human-monkey chimeric embryos3d
Researchers have injected human stem cells into primate embryos and were able to grow chimeric embryos for a significant period of time — up to 20 days. The research, despite its ethical concerns, has the potential to provide new insights into developmental biology and evolution. It also has implications for developing new models of human biology and disease.
The dream vaccine3d
Ministre og topembedsfolk i kæmpe Facebook-læk: Se her, om du er ramt4d
Ekspert kalder lækket "en perfekt pakke for svindlere". Udfyld dit navn i artiklen og få afklaring.
Chemical modification of RNA could play key role in polycystic kidney disease5d
A chemical modification of RNA that can be influenced by diet appears to play a key role in polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure in the US, UT Southwestern researchers report in a new study. The findings, published online today in Cell Metabolism, suggest new ways to treat this incurable condition.
Winners of $20M contest make concrete to trap carbon dioxide2h
Organizers of a $20 million contest to develop products from greenhouse gas that flows from power plants announced two winners Monday ahead of launching a similar but much bigger competition backed by Elon Musk.
Activity-regulated synaptic targeting of lncRNA ADEPTR mediates structural plasticity by localizing Sptn1 and AnkB in dendrites2d
Activity-dependent structural plasticity at the synapse requires specific changes in the neuronal transcriptome. While much is known about the role of coding elements in this process, the role of the long noncoding transcriptome remains elusive. Here, we report the discovery of an intronic long noncoding RNA (lncRNA)—termed ADEPTR—that is up-regulated and synaptically transported in a cAMP/PKA-de
Punctuated ecological equilibrium in mammal communities over evolutionary time scales3d
The study of deep-time ecological dynamics has the ability to inform conservation decisions by anticipating the behavior of ecosystems millions of years into the future. Using network analysis and an exceptional fossil dataset spanning the past 21 million years, we show that mammalian ecological assemblages undergo long periods of functional stasis, notwithstanding high taxonomic volatility due t
Mindfulness can make you selfish4d
A new article demonstrates the surprising downsides of mindfulness, while offering easy ways to minimize those consequences — both of which have practical implications for mindfulness training.
Lower COVID-19 rates seen in U.S. states with higher adherence to mask wearing4d
A new state-by-state analysis shows a statistical association between high adherence to mask wearing and reduced rates of COVID-19 in the United States.
Dietary cocoa improves health of obese mice; likely has implications for humans4d
Supplementation of cocoa powder in the diet of high-fat-fed mice with liver disease markedly reduced the severity of their condition, according to a new study. The researchers suggest the results have implications for people.
Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection and death4d
Physical inactivity is linked to more severe COVID-19 infection and a heightened risk of dying from the disease, finds a large U.S. study.
Physical activity may reduce risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes5d
A Kaiser Permanente study of nearly 50,000 people with COVID-19 suggested that regular physical activity provided strong protection from hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, and death. Even exercising inconsistently lowered the odds for severe COVID-19 outcomes when compared to people who were not active at all.
Harnessing psilocybin: antidepressant-like behavioral and synaptic actions of psilocybin are independent of 5-HT2R activation in mice [Neuroscience]5d
Depression is a widespread and devastating mental illness and the search for rapid-acting antidepressants remains critical. There is now exciting evidence that the psychedelic compound psilocybin produces not only powerful alterations of consciousness, but also rapid and persistent antidepressant effects. How psilocybin exerts its therapeutic actions is not known, but…
A translational riboswitch coordinates nascent transcription-translation coupling [Biophysics and Computational Biology]5d
Bacterial messenger RNA (mRNA) synthesis by RNA polymerase (RNAP) and first-round translation by the ribosome are often coupled to regulate gene expression, yet how coupling is established and maintained is ill understood. Here, we develop biochemical and single-molecule fluorescence approaches to probe the dynamics of RNAP–ribosome interactions on an mRNA…
Female protective effect: Researchers find clues to sex differences in autism2d
Researchers have found that autism may develop in different regions of the brain in girls than boys and that girls with autism have a larger number of genetic mutations than boys, suggesting that they require a larger 'genetic hit' to develop the disorder.
The SARS-CoV-2 Spike variant D614G favors an open conformational state2d
The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic underwent a rapid transition with the emergence of a dominant viral variant (from the "D-form" to the "G-form") that carried an amino acid substitution D614G in its "Spike" protein. The G-form is more infectious in vitro and is associated with increased viral loads in the upper airways. To gain insight into the molecular-level underpinnings of thes
Frankrig: Brug bilens skrotpræmie til at købe en elcykel3d
Et fransk lovforslag vil belønne borgere for at udskifte benzin- eller dieselbiler med en elcykel. Andre lande har tidligere forsøgt sig med lignende ordninger
Industri og eksperter: Anlæg af ny infrastruktur skal med i klimaregnskabet3d
PLUS. Regeringens infrastrukturudspil er mere end klimaneutralt fra 2035. Men kun hvis man ignorerer udledningen fra anlægsfasen.
Efforts to stop spread of COVID-19 should focus on preventing airborne transmission, experts say3d
Any future attempts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 should be focused on tackling close airborne transmission of the virus which is considered to be the primary route for its circulation, say experts in a new editorial.
Good dental health may help prevent heart infection from mouth bacteria4d
Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are the most important ways to reduce risk of a heart infection called infective endocarditis caused by bacteria in the mouth. There are four categories of heart patients considered to be at highest risk for adverse outcomes from infective endocarditis, and only these patients are recommended to receive preventive antibiotic treatment prior to invasive den
Telescopes unite in unprecedented observations of famous black hole4d
In April 2019, scientists released the first image of a black hole in galaxy M87 using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). However, that remarkable achievement was just the beginning of the science story to be told.
Australian researchers find new way to target deadly childhood cancer5d
Research by Australian scientists could pave the way to a new treatment for a currently incurable brain cancer in children called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.
Engineer cautions pregnant women about speed bumps5d
Slow down. Baby on board. Future baby on board. New research determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger for pregnant women and their fetuses.
Early, intensive marine resource exploitation by Middle Stone Age humans at Ysterfontein 1 rockshelter, South Africa [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]5d
Modern human behavioral innovations from the Middle Stone Age (MSA) include the earliest indicators of full coastal adaptation evidenced by shell middens, yet many MSA middens remain poorly dated. We apply 230Th/U burial dating to ostrich eggshells (OES) from Ysterfontein 1 (YFT1, Western Cape, South Africa), a stratified MSA shell…
Women are taking a 'rain check' on babies, and it could change the shape of the economy – A decline in birth rates has sparked worries that the US may be headed for what's known as a "demographic time bomb," in which an aging population isn't replaced by enough young workers.21h
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A Massive New Gene Editing Project Is Out to Crush Alzheimer’s4d
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Researchers have detected the building blocks of superbugs—bacteria resistant to the antibiotics used to fight them—in the environment near large factory farms in the United States.2d
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SpaceX Wins NASA $2.9 Billion Contract to Build Moon Lander2d
Elon Musk’s company bested Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and others in the contest to carry American astronauts to the lunar surface.
Vaccines Won’t Protect Millions of Patients With Weakened Immune Systems3d
Many cannot produce enough infection-fighting cells to fend off the coronavirus. But researchers are testing one therapy that may help: monoclonal antibodies.
Magic mushrooms show promise in treatment for depression, study says4d
Trial suggests psilocybin combined with psychological therapy is as effective as antidepressant drug Magic mushrooms have a long and rich history. Now scientists say they could play an important role in the future, with their active ingredient a promising treatment for depression. The results from a small, phase two clinical trial have revealed that two doses of psilocybin appears to be as effect
Single Pfizer or AstraZeneca dose produces strong antibody response5d
Scientists say AstraZeneca vaccine has greater effect when it comes to cellular response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A single dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine generates a big protective antibody response against the coronavirus in people 80 and over, researchers have found. The first study to look at the comparative performance
Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander2d
SpaceX will build a lander that the US space agency will use to return humans to the Moon this decade.
NASA Mars Helicopter Achieves First Flight on Red Planet•13h
NASA Ingenuity Mars
The brief test of the experimental vehicle called Ingenuity shows how explorers can study the red planet from the sky as well as the ground.
Human cells grown in monkey embryos spark ethical debate3d
Scientists confirm they have made "chimera" embryos from long-tailed macaques and humans.
Roman site uncovered in Scarborough hailed as first of its kind in UK5d
Remains of buildings near Yorkshire town said to be ‘most important Roman discovery of last decade’ When developers broke ground on the outskirts of Scarborough, they were hoping to build a housing estate ideal for first-time buyers, families and professionals, with en suites, off-street parking and integrated kitchens galore. But before shovels had even hit earth, they found someone else had got
Controversial 'Chimera' Embryos Made by Scientists Are Part Human, Part Monkey4d
We are headed into strange places.
Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research ‘was 97% publicly funded’4d
Analysis rebuts claim by Boris Johnson that jab was developed ‘because of greed’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage At least 97% of the funding for the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been identified as coming from taxpayers or charitable trusts, according to the first attempt to reconstruct who paid for the decades of research that led to the
How UK doctor linked rare blood-clotting to AstraZeneca Covid jab6d
Prof Marie Scully developed a diagnostic test at University College London hospital after seeing rare side-effect in patient Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Marie Scully was alarmed and puzzled. “It didn’t make sense,” she said. The consultant haematologist at University College London hospital (UCLH) had seen patients with blood clots in the brain and low platelets
J&J Vaccine and Blood Clots: A Risk, if It Exists, Is Tiny•6d
J&J & Johnson
Out of an “abundance of caution,” the F.D.A. is advising doctors to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while it investigates extremely rare blood clots.
Microplastics Are Now Spiralling Around The Globe in The Air We Breathe2d
We've really trashed the place.
Apparently just by talking about it, I’m super-spreading long Covid | George Monbiot5d
A professor has suggested that press coverage could make people believe they have the condition Rejoice! A mystery has been solved. We now have an explanation for long Covid, a condition afflicting many thousands of people . A super-spreader has been identified. Important as this finding is, I’m reluctant to call for the vector to be eradicated. Why? Because it’s me. In a presentation to the rein
Hundreds Of Companies Call For U.S. To Slash Carbon Emissions5d
In a move to curb climate change, an open letter from companies including Apple and Walmart calls on the Biden administration to cut U.S. emissions to at least half of 2005 levels by 2030. (Image credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Darius, ‘World’s Longest Rabbit,’ Is Missing6d
Measuring more than four feet, the furry giant should be easy to spot. But he vanished from an English garden last weekend, and the police are treating his disappearance as an abduction.
How Bhutan Out-Vaccinated Most of the World1d
The Himalayan nation has given more than 60 percent of its people a shot. Some villages were reached by helicopter, and health workers hiked through ice and snow.
The Nation's Corn Belt Has Lost a Third of Its Topsoil5d
Researchers used satellite imaging and surface soil color to find out how much of the nutrient-rich earth has eroded away
America Has Pandemic Senioritis3d
On February 25, I got my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine bright and early, picked up a breakfast burrito on the walk home, and spent the rest of the day sitting in my desk chair, doing what can only be described as vibing. I felt a little bit stoned, like I had taken a low-grade edible instead of being shot up with cutting-edge technology that would help end a year-long global disaster. This acu
Taylor Swift Knew Everything When She Was Young5d
At 18, Taylor Swift had some regrets. Across her smash second album, Fearless , Swift sang about moments she wanted to relive and, in some cases, rewrite. “Wish you could go back / And tell yourself what you know now,” she said on “15,” a reminiscence about her freshman year of high school. On “White Horse,” she chided, “Stupid girl, I should’ve known,” as she thought back to a breakup. The album
Tinnitus helpline reports a surge in calls since start of the coronavirus pandemic2d
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Our Pandemic Trash Is Killing Wildlife on a Devastating Scale, Scientists Warn2d
Stop littering your PPE.
A Lawsuit Over Frozen Embryos3d
Elaine Meyer and Barry Prizant had given up on having more than one child. Then, in their 60s, they got a letter from the hospital where they’d long ago had IVF treatment.
'Whitest ever' paint reflects 98% of sunlight3d
Researchers hope their "ultra-white" paint can save energy by reflecting sunlight from buildings.
Man's energy drink habit lands him in the hospital with heart failure3d
The findings add to a growing body of evidence linking energy drink consumption with heart problems.
COVID-19 Vaccines Are Entering Uncharted Immune Territory4d
In early March 2020, Rick Phillips, 63, and his wife, Sheryl Phillips, quietly cloistered themselves in their Indianapolis home. They swore off markets, movie theaters, the gym, and, hardest of all, visits with their three young grandchildren. This April, three weeks after receiving her second shot of Pfizer’s vaccine, Sheryl broke her social fast and walked into a grocery store for the first tim
The Blue States That Make It Hardest to Vote4d
I f President Joe Biden wants to vote by mail next year in Delaware, he’ll have to provide a valid reason for why he can’t make the two-hour drive from the White House back to his polling place in Wilmington. Luckily for him, Biden’s line of work allows him to cast an absentee ballot: Being president counts as “public service” under state law. Most Delaware residents, however, won’t have such a c
New Zealand Just Passed a Climate Change Law No Other Country's Dared to Tackle4d
They're taking on the banks.
UK woodlands 'at crisis point' amid wildlife decline5d
A review of the state of Britain's native woods and trees finds only 7% are in good condition.
Outcry as Video Shows Robodog Patrolling With NYPD5d
A new video going viral on Twitter shows a robot police dog patrolling with cops from the New York City police department. The unit, a Spot robodog built by Boston Dynamics, can be seen going for a walk around a public sidewalk, surrounded by several police staff. Nah they really got these robot police dogs in NYC. This is wild pic.twitter.com/iG7CTPFevH — THEE DON (@1800SPOILED) April 12, 2021 T
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I n 2015, in the Dallas suburb of Irving, the fates of two very different Texans collided. One was 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a precocious kid in a NASA T-shirt who had built a clock out of spare parts and brought it to school in a pencil case. His English teacher decided it might be a bomb, and the school called the police, who arrested Mohamed for bringing in a “ hoax bomb .” Because Mohamed’s
This Theory Could Explain Many Military UFO Sightings3d
A fascinating clip of what appeared to be triangular or “pyramid” shaped UFOs flying over a US Navy warship circulated online earlier this month. The footage, obtained by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, shows the mysterious objects caught on a night vision camera aimed at the skies over the warship. “I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel,” Department of Defens
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For birders across the United States, it’s a rite of spring: heading out to woodlands and waterways to track down a favorite warbler, vireo, tanager or other bird, many of them migratory.
The Rural Pandemic Isn’t Ending5d
Americans will soon begin to fall back into the rhythms of pre-pandemic life—attending sunny summer weddings, squishing into booths at chain restaurants, laughing together at movies on the big screen—and it will feel like a victory over the coronavirus. But the virus might not actually be gone. In pockets of the country, vaccination rates could stay low, creating little islands where the coronavi
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Great Acoustics Scientists from MIT just dropped an incredible piece of a brand-new music genre that we think could really take off: spider music. They created 3D scans of spider webs that they then imported into a virtual environment, allowing them to manipulate webs in different ways and convert the resulting structures and their acoustic qualities into music, according to a press release about
Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine to be paused in US over rare blood clots•6d
& Johnson Vaccine
FDA and CDC release statement recommending pause Six reported US cases of ‘rare and severe problem’ US health agencies have recommended states pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, after reports of rare and severe blood clots emerged in six women. More than 6.8m doses have been administered nationally. Related: Coronavirus live news: US agencies call for pause of
Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist2d
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Japanese Prime Minister Challenged to Drink Radioactive Water Before Dumping It Into the Ocean2d
Shots Shots Shots Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the government could no longer delay its plan to dump radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean. The Japanese government has repeatedly insisted that the plan won’t put biodiversity or people in the area at risk, but plenty of residents of Japan and neighboring countr
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At first, it was meant to be a joke. But now the market capitalization of Dogecoin, a popular altcoin, has spiked to $40 billion, CNBC reports , after values skyrocketed and added $20 billion in value in just 24 hours. The shiba inu-emblazoned token was created as a “fun” alternative to Bitcoin back in 2013. But thanks to a massive surge in interest, led by communities on Reddit — and some promin
Artist Sells NFT of Single Pixel for $1.7 Million3d
The Pixel The NFT isn’t dead. A single pixel, a part of an NFT by digital artist Pak, sold for $1.36 million worth of Ether, Reuters reports , at the famed auction house Sotheby’s. The work was part of a larger series of digital artworks that sold for a whopping $16.8 million combined. Most notable among them was “The Pixel,” which as its name suggests, was an image of a single grey block. Three
Cannabis And Psychosis Are Linked, And We're a Step Closer to Understanding How3d
Genes could play a role.
What Should We Do if Extraterrestrials Show Up?4d
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Small, Landmark Trial Sees Magic Mushroom Compound Perform as Well as Antidepressants4d
This is promising.
NASA Takes Emergency Action to Save Dying Mars Lander5d
Battery Saver NASA’s InSight lander is in trouble. InSight, which has been conducting important research on the surface of Mars since it landed in 2018, is caked in so much dust that its solar panels can’t harness enough energy to stay operational, Insider reports . NASA has been gradually powering down InSight’s instruments and putting the lander into hibernation mode to save energy, and the age
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Hundreds capture spectacular fireball pass uncomfortably close to Earth6d
More than 200 people submitted reports and videos of a fiery trail and apparent space-rock explosion To the American Meteor Society it was simply Event 2281-2021 , an unremarkable name for a spectacular fireball that made an uncomfortably close pass to Earth on Monday. A fiery trail and apparent space-rock explosion was captured on doorbell cameras and dashcams and was visible to stargazers from
Strange blue structures glow on Mars in new NASA image6d
A lovely new image of the Martian north pole shows the Red Planet streaked with blue.
Nasa's Ingenuity Mars helicopter set for first flight21h
The US space agency is ready to attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
A third of Antarctic ice shelves risk collapsing due to climate change2d
Around a third of the ice shelves holding back huge glaciers in Antarctica are at risk of collapse if the world fails to take sufficient action on climate change
Here's What You Should Know About Biden's New Rules For Fetal Tissue Research2d
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is reversing restrictions on the use of fetal tissue in medical research implemented under former President Trump. (Image credit: Ed Reschke/Getty Images)
NASA Reportedly Chooses SpaceX to Develop Moon Lander•2d
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NASA Leak NASA officially announced that it’s going to announce who it will choose to build a rocket capable of bringing the first astronauts to the Moon’s surface since the Apollo missions. But news of the decision may have just leaked to The Washington Post a little early. According to documents obtained by the newspaper, NASA has officially chosen Elon Musk’s SpaceX to to build a lunar lander
Trained dogs can smell coronavirus in your pee3d
Dogs can sniff out SARS-CoV-2 in urine samples with 96% accuracy, according to a proof-of-concept study.
Restoring the ‘Soul of the Nation’ Means Taking in Refugees•3d
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One of the Trump administration’s early priorities was engineering a whiter America through immigration restrictions. We know this because it told us so. “U.S. demographics have been changing rapidly—and undesirably in the eyes of top Trump aides, including his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, and domestic policy advisor Stephen Miller,” the Los Angeles Times reported in February 2017. The tr
Only 0.008% of Vaccinated People in The US Have Caught COVID-19, New Data Reveal3d
Working as intended.
Psilocybin Therapy May Work as Well as Common Antidepressant3d
For the first time, a randomized controlled trial shows the psychedelic offers potent, if short-term, relief in comparison with an SSRI — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
A Buried Chunk of Alien World Could Be Behind a Weak Spot in Earth's Magnetic Field4d
The South Atlantic Anomaly is growing.
NASA's Insight Mars Lander Is 'in Crisis', And Has Entered Emergency Hibernation4d
It's at risk of becoming a zombie spacecraft.
World's largest rabbit missing, presumed stolen4d
A Flemish Giant rabbit named Darius is missing. He is the largest rabbit on Earth.
Mobile Weapon System Kills Entire Drone Swarms Using Microwaves4d
Microwave Blast Los Angeles-based startup Epirus has an idea to take out enemy drone swarms: a weapon that blasts out beams of high-power microwaves. The weapon, dubbed Leonidas, is small enough to fit on the back of a pickup truck and can emit powerful microwaves that force target drones out of the sky, New Scientist reports . “Our systems allow us the capability to widen or narrow the beam and
Antarctica's 'Doomsday Glacier' close to tipping point, unmanned sub reveals4d
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Millions of tons of nuclear wastewater from Fukushima will be dumped into the sea5d
The Japanese government announced plans to dump more than 1 million tons of treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, beginning in two years.
The science of hugging, and why we’re missing it so much during the pandemic | Susannah Walker5d
To understand why so many are craving human touch we can look to our evolutionary history – and the secrets of our skin Dr Susannah Walker is a reader in behavioural neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University “What I miss,” said one colleague last spring, during one of our weekly online team meetings, “are hugs, great big man-hugs, like I share with my dad and close male friends.” The sense
Atom interferometry demonstrated in space for the first time6d
Extremely precise measurements are possible using atom interferometers that employ the wave character of atoms for this purpose. They can thus be used, for example, to measure the gravitational field of the Earth or to detect gravitational waves. A team of scientists from Germany has now managed to successfully perform atom interferometry in space for the first time—on board a sounding rocket. "We
Not Very Surprisingly, NFT Prices Are Now Crashing6d
They were meant to revolutionize the art collection market — but just as many predicted , as Bloomberg reports , the prices of non-fungible tokens or NFTs are now crashing. According to a recent report by NonFungible.com , an NFT marketplaces tracker, the value of NFTs has collapsed by almost 70 percent from its peak in February. Earlier this year, the blockchain-based digital certificates that g
Students Who Gesture during Learning 'Grasp' Concepts Better6d
Hand movement appears to help in teaching about statistical models — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
‘Like hunting for unicorns’: Australians on the search for adequate, affordable mental healthcare23h
Countless inquiries have found the same problems afflicting the mental health system, but cost and access barriers still leave those seeking and providing care in despair ‘The worst it’s ever been’: Guardian readers tell us about Australia’s mental health system Many Australians experience the country’s mental health system as inadequate, dangerous and financially punishing, saying they often fee
China and US pledge climate change commitment1d
The US and China announced actions to tackle climate change following meetings in Shanghai last week.
SpaceX Wins $2.9 Billion Contract For Next Lunar Lander1d
The company beat out two others in its bid to develop a lunar lander that will bring Americans back to the moon in the coming years. (Image credit: SpaceX)
Two Russian cosmonauts, NASA astronaut return from ISS2d
Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut touched down Saturday on the steppe of Kazakhstan following a half-year mission on the International Space Station, footage broadcast by the Russian space agency showed.
Earthquakes in Taiwan are linked to seasonal changes in water levels2d
Seismic activity in Taiwan happens more often during the dry season when the groundwater built up during monsoon season is depleted, leaving Earth’s crust more likely to rebound under stress
Microwave weapon could disable a swarm of military attack drones2d
Military drones can resist radio-jamming anti-drone devices, but a microwave weapon could take down a whole swarm at once, or disable just one with sniper-like precision
Strange muon behaviour hints at mysterious new particles and forces2d
Particles called muons spin slightly faster than our best models of physics predict, which may mean that there are more particles and forces that we haven't yet discovered
Wilhelm Reich: the strange, prescient sexologist who sought to set us free2d
He believed orgasms could be a healing force and coined the term ‘sexual revolution’. Reich’s understanding of the body is vital in our age of protests and patriarchy, writes Olivia Laing There are certain people who speak directly into their moment, and others who leave a message for history to decipher, whose work gains in relevance or whose life becomes uncannily meaningful decades after their
Study: Humanity Has Ravaged All But 3 Percent of The Land on Earth2d
Global Domination New research shows that humanity’s influence has already altered about 97 percent of the land on the planet. Very little of the land surface on the Earth — just 2.8 percent — can still be considered “functionally intact,” according to a study published Thursday in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change . Therefore, the study’s authors, who hail from a long list of un
Oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel identified on ancient shard of pottery3d
A team of researchers from the Austrian Academy of Science's, Austrian Archaeological Institute, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archeology, has identified a piece of writing on a shard of pottery unearthed in 2018 at the Lachish archaeological site as the oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel. In their paper published in Cambridge University Press's, Antiquity, the gr
India Covid variant found in UK specimens taken in February3d
Researchers worry that ‘variant under investigation’ contains mutations that could help it evade immune response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first of the 77 cases of the India variant of coronavirus found in the UK were detected in specimens dating back to February, the Guardian has learned. On Thursday Public Health England (PHE) revealed that 77 cases of a
‘That’s a lot of teeth’: 2.5 billion T rex walked the earth, researchers find3d
Experts calculate the total number of the dinosaurs that lived over 127,000 generations One Tyrannosaurus rex seems scary enough. Now picture 2.5 billion of them. That’s how many of the fierce dinosaur king probably roamed Earth over the course of a couple of million years, a new study finds. Using calculations based on body size, sexual maturity and the creatures’ energy needs, a team at the Uni
Camilla drikker sit eget tis i vildmarken: Men er det overhovedet en god idé?3d
Der er ikke den store fidus i at drikke urin, vurderer forskere.
Researchers establish the first entanglement-based quantum network3d
A team of researchers from QuTech in the Netherlands reports realization of the first multi-node quantum network, connecting three quantum processors. In addition, they achieved a proof-of-principle demonstration of key quantum network protocols. Their findings mark an important milestone toward the future quantum internet and have now been published in Science.
Nuclear DNA from sediments helps unlock ancient human history3d
The field of ancient DNA has revealed important aspects of human evolutionary past, including relationships with Denisovans and Neandertals. These studies have relied on DNA from bones and teeth, which store DNA and protect it from the environment. But such skeletal remains are exceedingly rare, leaving large parts of human history inaccessible to genetic analysis.
What to Expect When the Cicadas Emerge This Spring4d
A trillion cicadas expected to invade the Washington metropolitan region when the ground warms to 64 degrees
Researchers identify five double star systems potentially suitable for life4d
Almost half a century ago the creators of Star Wars imagined a life-sustaining planet, Tatooine, orbiting a pair of stars. Now, 44 years later, scientists have found new evidence that that five known systems with multiple stars, Kepler-34, -35, -38, -64 and -413, are possible candidates for supporting life. A newly developed mathematical framework allowed researchers at New York University Abu Dha
Sir David Attenborough's new doc: 'Humans are intruders'4d
Sir David Attenborough fronts a new documentary on lockdown's effect on the natural world.
Climate Research Station Abandoned Because It’s Falling Into the Sea5d
Cruel Fate Scientists recently abandoned a climate research outpost in Cape Cod Massachusetts — because climate change struck back. Rising sea levels and an eroding coastline could engulf the National Weather Service station in a matter of months, The Guardian reports , so the station is being demolished before it falls into the sea. It’s a bit ironic, but the research station’s demolition serves
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Outbreaks such as the South African variant that’s emerged in south London will require constant vigilance as lockdown eases All viruses mutate. They do this to adapt and survive better in their specific host. The virus that causes Covid-19 is no different: it has moved from the animal realm, where it most likely originated in bats , to the human world. Since then, scientists have been locked in
Space Junk Removal Is Not Going Smoothly5d
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Carbon Emissions Could Plummet. The Atmosphere Will Lag Behind5d
The U.S. plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in the next decade. Scientists say it's crucial that the U.S. succeed. Still, many of the positive effects won't arrive for decades. (Image credit: Expedition 28 Crew/International Space Station/NASA)
For The First Time, Scientists Have Performed Atom Interferometry in Space5d
This is so so so cool.
These Ants Shrink Their Brains for a Chance to Become Queen5d
If their bids at motherhood fail, they can then regrow their brains.
3 Different Futures for the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine•5d
J&J & Johnson
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has entered regulatory purgatory. This morning, the CDC and FDA jointly recommended, “out of an abundance of caution,” a nationwide halt to the single shot’s rollout. The two agencies are investigating a rare blood-clotting disorder: In the six cases reported so far , all in the United States, women ages 18 to 48 developed an unusual type of blood clot within about t
Using Amber-Filtered Bulbs Instead of White Light Attracts Fewer Bugs5d
In a tropical rainforest study, 60 percent fewer insects visited traps illuminated in a golden glow. Researchers say the results may be widely applicable
Snow chaos in Europe caused by melting sea-ice in the Arctic6d
They are diligently stoking thousands of bonfires on the ground close to their crops, but the French winemakers are fighting a losing battle. An above-average warm spell at the end of March has been followed by days of extreme frost, destroying the vines with losses amounting to 90 percent above average. The image of the struggle may well be the most depressingly beautiful illustration of the comp
Amber Light Could Save Bugs in the Rainforest—and Your Backyard, Too6d
Scientists studying insects in tropical environments find ways to reduce insect die-offs caused by artificial light
NASA Says Oops, Mars Helicopter Needs Software Update to Fly6d
Software Update NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity was meant to take flight in the early morning hours of Monday , marking the first time a spacecraft has lifted off the surface of another planet. But now it sounds like we’ll have to be a little more patient. Over the weekend, Ingenuity’s team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had to delay the mini-chopper’s maiden voyage thanks to a software iss
Student's physics homework picked up by Amazon quantum researchers6d
A simple yet elegant change to code studied for more than 20 years could shorten timeline to achieve scalable quantum computation and has attracted the attention of quantum computing programs at Amazon Web Services and Yale University.
Special Ops Soldier With Jetpack Boards Ship in Amazing Video2h
Special Jet Suit Ops In a new video released by jetpack maker Gravity Industries, a jetsuit-wearing special ops soldier from the Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force can be seen boarding a ship — by flying there from a nearby pursuit vessel. It’s a spectacular demonstration of Gravity Industries’ flying technology. Rather than having to pursue and approach the ship in the tailing vessel,
Nasa’s Mars helicopter in first powered, controlled flight on another planet5h
Ingenuity successfully takes flight, hovering at height of about 3 metres before touching back down Nasa is celebrating the first powered, controlled flight on another planet after its Ingenuity helicopter rose into the Martian sky, hovered for a moment, and then gently returned to the dusty surface. The robotic craft climbed to an altitude of about 3 metres on its maiden flight on Monday morning
Photos: The Culture Of Whales5h
Belugas play, a sperm whale nurses, and orcas teach their pups to hunt in a series of photographs from National Geographic photographer and explorer Brian Skerry. (Image credit: Brian Skerry/National Geographic)
FAQ: America's New Promise On Climate7h
The U.S. is planning to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is America's return to the international climate stage. We break it down for you. (Image credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
UK Covid news: Boris Johnson cancels trip to India as pressure grows for it to be added to travel red list8h
Latest updates: PM’s forthcoming trip to India cancelled as country’s total cases reach 15m ‘If we catch Covid, we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafe Oxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.29am BST Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is making a statement to MPs on coronavirus at 3.30pm. Two maj
Tarantulas Are Basically All Over The Planet, And Scientists Can Finally Explain Why10h
Everywhere you look.
Mars helicopter Ingenuity: Nasa about to try historic flight14h
If all goes to plan, craft will ascend to 10 feet above the surface of Mars, hover for 30 seconds, then rotate before descending Nasa on Monday will attempt to fly a miniature helicopter above the surface of Mars in what would be the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. If all goes to plan, the 1.8kg helicopter will slowly ascend to an altitude of three metres above
Ingenuity Is About to Try Its First Flight on Mars, And NASA Is Feeling 'Optimistic'16h
"We take risks that other missions cannot."
'Zoom Fatigue' May Finally Have an Explanation, And It's Affecting Women More1d
Yet another meeting…
The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap1d
The core technologies for sewage systems were developed over a hundred years ago. It's time to get better, healthier updates in the pipeline.
The Incredible Shrinking And Growing Brains Of Indian Jumping Ants1d
A new study of Indian jumping ants shows they have the ability to shrink and expand their brains — a first for any insect. (Image credit: Clint Penick)
OPINION: Doctors Should Be More Candid With Their Patients1d
As a doctor, I was eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in December, but I also was pregnant, and there wasn't yet much data to inform my decision. What I needed was a different kind of information. (Image credit: DrAfter123/Getty Images)
A Distinctly American Problem Needs Systematic Investigation1d
Aviation deaths once looked like an intractable problem. Then the federal government began probing every plane crash with an eye toward preventing future loss of life. Our skies got much safer as a result. A similar approach could reduce police killings. A federal agency should investigate every single killing and significant injury caused by American police officers, who have long killed people
Så minskar du riskerna med plast i ditt hem1d
Hormonstörande tillsatser i plast har flera negativa effekter för vår hälsa. Men genom att dra ned på mängden plast som kommer i kontakt med din mat, använda oparfymerade hygienprodukter och vädra dina nya möbler kan du dra ned på din exponering för kemikalierna.
The Brain's Pleasure System Wastes Away in Early-Onset Dementia, Study Finds1d
The changes are distinct from depression.
Forskare: Massplantering av träd kan fånga upp nära 70 procent av tidigare utsläpp1d
Uppskattningsvis växer tre biljoner träd på jorden idag. Men det finns plats för 1,2 biljoner till, enligt forskare som menar att storskaliga planteringar effektivt skulle minska koldioxidutsläppen. – Det är ett underskattat vapen i kampen mot klimatförändringar, säger Thomas Crowther, forskare i ekologi.
Så kyler trädens gaser ner planeten1d
Att träd binder koldioxid är välkänt. Men träd håller även ner temperaturen på fler sätt än många tidigare har trott. Träd släpper ifrån sig gaser och de gaserna har en nedkylande effekt på atmosfären. – Den ljuvliga doften av en tallskog är just sådana gaser, säger klimatforskaren Catherine Scott vid Leeds universitet.
Technology Really Is Changing Human Circadian Rhythms, Scientists Say1d
The impact on sleep is unclear.
Feeling Hungry All The Time? Scientists Have a New Explanation For What's Going On1d
Blood sugar, but complicated.
The Mystery Deepens Over Why The Lost City of Cahokia Was Abandoned2d
Another hypothesis is ruled out.
Who Wants to Watch Black Pain?2d
Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET on April 17, 2021. In the trailer for Amazon’s new horror series, Them , Diana Ross’s “Home” soundtracks a tender scene: A Black husband and wife in the 1950s survey their new house in wonder and dance in the living room with their two daughters. “When I think of home / I think of a place where there’s love overflowing,” Ross sings. But, as in the song, the tenor of the tr
Walking or running in nature with a therapist is helping people heal2d
Outdoor therapy can help people to become reflective and their body language while moving gives clues to their feelings Covid has transformed the way many of us work and that includes the people who look after our mental health. For much of lockdown, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists have all had to venture into the world of online therapy, tackling their clients’ iss
AI ethicist Kate Darling: ‘Robots can be our partners’2d
The MIT researcher says that for humans to flourish we must move beyond thinking of robots as potential future competitors Dr Kate Darling is a research specialist in human-robot interaction, robot ethics and intellectual property theory and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab . In her new book, The New Breed , she argues that we would be better prepared for the fu
The Covid-19 Plasma Boom Is Over. What Did We Learn From It?2d
The U.S. government invested $800 million in plasma when the country was desperate for Covid-19 treatments. A year later, the program has fizzled.
We’re Starting to See How Covid PPE Litter Affects Wildlife2d
More than a year into the pandemic, scientists and environmentalists have the first data on where disposable gloves and masks are turning up in ecosystems.
Graffiti can now be removed in minutes without damaging underlying art2d
A cleaning system that uses a hydrogel can remove graffiti from street art within minutes, without any alteration to the artwork underneath
The US plans to put a nuclear-powered rocket in orbit by 20252d
The US is taking steps to put a rocket propelled using nuclear energy into orbit by 2025, paving the way for navigation in space to become much easier
Female monkeys call to males when they see a predator approaching2d
Female putty-nosed monkeys of West Africa will use calls to enlist the help of males when they see a leopard approach
Basic income trial is testing how money affects child development2d
A pioneering trial is giving mothers in poverty either a large or small cash gift each month for several years to find out whether a basic income changes a baby's brain and development
Artificial nervous system senses light and learns to catch like humans2d
A simple artificial nervous system is able to mimic the way humans respond to light and learn to perform basic tasks. The principle could extend to creating more useful robots and prostheses
Why the UK changed covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine advice for under-30s2d
Guidance in the UK now says healthy people under 30 should be offered a different vaccine – here's everything you need to know
Dead eagles found across the US had rat poison in their blood2d
Tests on 133 dead bald eagles and golden eagles from across the US show that 80 per cent of them had rat poison in their body, which could affect their reproduction or lead to death
Covid-19 vaccine passports tested in UK as lockdown restrictions ease2d
The UK government says covid-19 vaccine passports are likely to become a “feature of our lives,” despite mounting political opposition
Most alien civilisations risk fuelling global warming on their planets2d
Humans have influenced Earth’s climate so much that we have triggered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Now physicists say that around 60 per cent of alien civilisations could do the same on their home planets
Pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientists2d
Human-generated sounds faded substantially at height of Covid lockdown, studies show Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Covid-19 lockdown has produced the quietest year for the world’s oceans in recent memory, according to a group of scientists working on a global map of underwater soundscapes. Noise pollution from ship engines, trawling activities, oil platforms, s
Nasa picks Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build spacecraft to return humans to moon2d
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Svettarmband mäter om du riskerar att bli allvarligt sjuk i covid-192d
Forskare har utvecklat ett armband som mäter om det finns en inflammation i kroppen – via svetten. Svettarmbandet kan även larma om det finns risk för så kallade cytokinstormar som kan leda till svår sjukdom och död.
‘We Were Flying Blind’: A Dr.’s Account of a Woman’s J.&J. Vaccine-Related Blood Clot Case2d
The disorder is rare, but so severe that the vaccine is on hold while experts weigh the risks and alert doctors and patients about symptoms and treatment.
What are the new Covid variants and what do they mean for the pandemic?2d
From Doug to Nelly and Eeek, we look at how mutations are affecting the battle against the virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage From the moment public health officials started to track new variants of coronavirus, it became clear that the same mutations were cropping up time and again and making the virus more troublesome. What are these mutations, what do they do,
Pfizer CEO Says You’ll “Likely” Need a Third Dose of COVID Vaccine3d
Getting both shots of the Pfizer vaccine may not be enough to permanently protect you against the coronavirus. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC yesterday that we may eventually need a third injection of the vaccine to serve as a booster when its protective benefits start to wane, or if the company reworks its formula to better protect against new variants of the coronavirus. “A likely scenario
87 Neanderthal footprints found on an ancient Iberian shoreline3d
A team of researchers from Spain, Argentina and France has identified 87 Neanderthal footprints found on an ancient shoreline on the Iberian Peninsula. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes their study of the footprints and what they learned about them.
The Fast Lane for COVID Testing Has Opened Up in the U.S.3d
Recently approved rapid antigen tests are likely to help mitigate the chain of transmission and put the U.S. on par with other countries that have them — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
A rich marine algal ecosystem existed 600 million years earlier than previously thought3d
The first photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms on Earth were cyanobacteria. Their evolution dramatically changed the Earth allowing oxygen to accumulate into the atmosphere for the first time and further allowing the evolution of oxygen-utilizing organisms including eukaryotes. Eukaryotes include animals, but also algae, a broad group of photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms that now domi
A Huge New Kroger Warehouse Is Staffed by 1,000 Grocery-Picking Robots3d
With the pandemic at long last starting to wind down, many of us are beyond eager to get back to “the way things used to be,” that is, being able to interact with other humans, spending time in public places, and getting some measure of joy out of life. But some of our habits may be permanently changed , like doing meetings over Zoom, working from home, and shopping online. One grocery store chai
How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 20303d
Environmental groups and business leaders are pushing President Biden to cut U.S. emissions 50% by 2030. The question is: what kind of climate policies will work that fast? (Image credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL)
Women in England almost twice as likely as men to be prescribed opiate painkillers3d
Experts worried about high use of drugs such as codeine and tramadol after prescriptions rose during Covid pandemic ‘I was told to live with it’: women tell of doctors dismissing their pain Women in England are almost twice as likely as men to be prescribed powerful and potentially addictive opiate painkillers, prompting experts to warn that female pain is overly medicated and not properly invest
Adverse Events Linked to Pediatric “Alternative Medicine” in the Netherlands3d
A study out of the Netherlands documented pediatric adverse events associated with complementary and alternative medicine over three years. Thankfully there weren't a lot of kids harmed, but when there is no potential benefit from an intervention, even one is way too many. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
The universe is expanding – but what is it expanding into?3d
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts Scientists and astronomers tell us that the universe is expanding. But what is it expanding into, ie what’s beyond the universe? Phil Town, Lisbon Post your answers (and new questions) below or send them to email@example.com
La Soufrière Volcano: A Growing Humanitarian Crisis3d
Between 16,000 and 20,000 people were evacuated from the area around the volcano on St. Vincent. Some evacuees are with family and friends; others are fleeing the island entirely. (Image credit: Orvil Samuel/AP)
US Spies Warn That China Is Building Space Weapons3d
Weaponizing Space The US intelligence community issued a dire warning that China, perceived to be “the top threat” to America’s dominance in space, is taking steps to weaponize space. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a new Global Risk Assessment report last week in which it details an upswing in China’s military and commercial activity in Earth’s orbit. Chief am
Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest3d
The winning entries of the annual World Press Photo Contest have just been announced. This year, according to organizers, 74,470 images were submitted for judging, made by 4,315 photographers from 130 different countries. Winners in eight categories were announced, including Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, and Spot News. World Press
While species come and go, their ecosystems persist over millions of years3d
Mammal communities underwent long periods of so-called functional stability despite the waxing and waning of their constituent species over tens of millions of years, even persisting through several environmental crises. This is the main conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science by an interdisciplinary team from Spain and Germany.
How Many Tyrannosaurus Rexes Ever Lived on Earth? Here’s a New Clue.3d
An estimation of the iconic predator’s total population can teach us things about dinosaurs that fossils cannot.
Human cells grown in monkey embryos reignite ethics debate4d
Scientists confirm they have produced ‘chimera’ embryos from long-tailed macaques and humans Monkey embryos containing human cells have been produced in a laboratory, a study has confirmed, spurring fresh debate into the ethics of such experiments. The embryos are known as chimeras, organisms whose cells come from two or more “individuals” , and in this case, different species: a long-tailed maca
Researchers have created embryos that are part-human and part-monkey4d
They could one day provide organs for transplant
The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations4d
During every waking moment, we humans and other animals have to balance on the edge of our awareness of past and present. We must absorb new sensory information about the world around us while holding on to short-term memories of earlier observations or events. Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act and to think all depend on constant, nimble interactions between percepti
SpaceX COO: “We Will Fly Large Numbers of People on Starship in Five Years”4d
Starship Transporter During a conference hosted by MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SpaceX COO and president Gwynne Shotwell reiterated the space company’s desires to get its Mars-bound spacecraft Starship off the ground. “Starship is an amazing machine,” she said, as quoted by SpaceNews . “I could not be more excited about a vehicle than I am about Starship,” she added. “That is
China 'can save $1.6 trillion by scrapping coal', report says4d
Beijing must close 588 coal-fired power plants in a decade to meet climate pledges, experts say.
Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration•4d
Google Earth Timelapse
A new time-lapse video feature in Google Earth lets users see how humans have reshaped the globe over the decades.
U.S. Suicides Declined Over All in 2020 but May Have Risen Among People of Color4d
Despite dire predictions, the number of suicides fell by 5 percent over all. Still, smaller studies suggested the trends were much worse among nonwhite Americans.
If Planet Nine Is Out There, It May Not Be Where We Think4d
It's always the last place you look.
C.D.C. Panel Keeps Pause on Use of J&J Vaccine, Weighing Risks4d
An advisory committee debated the very few cases of a rare blood disorder and worried about the suspension’s effect on global needs for a one-shot, easy-to-ship vaccine.
The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree4d
The agency's approach to protecting vulnerable victims of the recent Hafnium attack manages to be at once controversial and refreshingly restrained.
Harvard/MIT Researcher: COVID Definitely Could Have Leaked From a Lab4d
Despite a team of World Health Organization (WHO) investigators ruling that it was “ extremely unlikely ” that the coronavirus was accidentally released from a research lab in China, the idea continues to persist. Most notably, the head of the WHO said last month that he remained unconvinced by the investigation, especially because it was difficult for the investigators to access any raw data, an
New Report Identifies 4 Techniques That Help Women Experience More Pleasure4d
They're called Angling, Rocking, Shallowing, and Pairing.
Expert: Neuralink Could Sell Your Private Thoughts to the “Highest Bidder”4d
Last week, Elon Musk’s neural implant company Neuralink released a video of a primate, who’d been implanted with its technology, playing the game “Pong” with its thoughts. The technologically flashy but otherwise disappointing demo — neuroscientists first developed and demonstrated mind-control tech in primates decades ago — represented Neuralink’s growing prominence in the public sphere, and rai
Johnson & Johnson Halt Isn't Just A U.S. Problem5d
Soon after U.S. regulators paused the use of the J&J single-dose vaccine, health authorities in many European countries and in South Africa announced that they were also putting it on hold. (Image credit: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images)
Finally, 3D-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment5d
Graphene excels at removing contaminants from water, but it's not yet a commercially viable use of the wonder material.
Little swirling mysteries: New research uncovers dynamics of ultrasmall, ultrafast groups of atoms5d
Our high-speed, high-bandwidth world constantly requires new ways to process and store information. Semiconductors and magnetic materials have made up the bulk of data storage devices for decades. In recent years, however, researchers and engineers have turned to ferroelectric materials, a type of crystal that can be manipulated with electricity.
How the Largest Animals That Could Ever Fly Supported Giraffe-Like Necks5d
These pterosaurs had wingspans as long as 33 feet, and scans of fossilized remains reveal a surprise in their anatomy.
The J&J Vaccine Is Not a Tainted Cantaloupe5d
I am one of the nearly 7 million Americans with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine percolating through my tissue at this very moment. It feels good. The sensation of rising immunity to COVID-19 would almost certainly still feel good if I were a woman between the ages of 18 and 48, like all six of the vaccine recipients who later suffered from blood clots. The clots, which might or might not be related
The New Historian of the Smash That Made the Himalayas5d
Earth is unique in plenty of ways. But Lucía Pérez-Díaz , a geologist at the University of Oxford, reckons that one of its most stunning novelties is its ability to constantly change its face. Our planet’s ever-metamorphosing veneer is made up of colossal slabs of rock named tectonic plates: wafers of crust stuck atop Earth’s upper mantle. They drift around at roughly the rate your nails grow, cr
Flying giant pterosaurs had longer neck than a giraffe, say experts5d
Intact remains, discovered in Morocco, may help engineers create stronger lightweight structures Pterosaurs, one of the first and largest vertebrates to learn to fly, have often been seen as the cool cousins of the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. Now scientists have discovered the 100m-year-old secret to the success of the flying pterosaur: a neck longer than a giraffe. Continue reading…
Ancient people may have created cave art while hallucinating5d
Stone age people may have deliberately ventured into oxygen-depleted caves to paint while having out-of-body experiences and hallucinations, researchers say.
Experts worried after 4 dead gray whales wash up around San Francisco5d
Four dead gray whales have washed up in San Francisco Bay in eight days, prompting fears that the species is under threat in the area.
What I Learned Biking the 10,000-Mile Migration Route of Monarch Butterflies5d
I set off to be the first person to cycle alongside the butterflies to raise awareness of their alarming decline
EU bets big on BioNTech/Pfizer jab as Danes end use of AstraZeneca5d
Brussels puts focus on mRNA vaccines amid concern over rare blood clots linked to other shots
Study explores extremely luminous infrared galaxy WISEJ0909+00025d
An international team of astronomers has investigated an extremely luminous infrared galaxy known as WISEJ090924.01+000211.1 (or WISEJ0909+0002 for short) as part of the eROSITA ﬁnal equatorial depth survey (eFEDS). Results of this study, published April 6 on the arXiv pre-print server, provide important insights into the properties of this galaxy.
Pet dog buried 6,000 years ago is earliest evidence of its domestication in Arabia5d
Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have uncovered bones at a burial site that reveal the domestication of dogs in the area happened much earlier than previously believed.
Leopards from Africa and Asia are genetically distinct, reveals DNA analysis of museum specimens5d
A small group of leopards migrated to Asia about half a million years ago following their evolution in Africa, a new study suggests.
Did This Scorching-Hot Planet Lose—and Regain—an Atmosphere?5d
A veritable hellscape of an exoplanet is challenging researchers’ assumptions about what types of worlds host atmospheres.
What Was America Doing in Afghanistan?5d
T he soldiers living in the concrete maze of Combat Outpost (COP) Michigan treated the Taliban fire that poured in from the mountains as though it were weather: Bursts of machine-gun bullets were akin to drizzle, volleys of rocket-propelled grenades more like heavy rain. “It might not be worth going out into that,” a tall, blond soldier remarked to a colleague, after the thump of an explosion on
In world first, New Zealand to make banks report climate impact5d
New Zealand will force banks to reveal the impact their investments have on climate change under world-first legislation intended to make the financial sector's environmental record transparent, officials said.
UK study on mixing Covid vaccines between jabs to be expanded5d
Researchers to examine whether mixing vaccines may give longer-lasting immunity against virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A major UK study examining whether Covid vaccines can be safely mixed with different types of jabs for the first and second doses is to be expanded. Researchers running the Com-Cov study , launched in February to investigate alternating doses
4,300 Years of Bat Poop From The Depths of a Jamaican Cave Have Revealed Earth's Past5d
The pile is taller than a human.
Cascading effects of noise on plants persist over long periods and after noise is removed5d
Though noise may change moment by moment for humans, it has a more lasting effect on trees and plants.
Biden Wants World Leaders to Make Climate Change Commitments5d
The administration is closing in on deals with some close allies, but agreements with powers like China, Brazil and India are proving difficult.
In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy, the Biden administration is really the Trump administration but with civilized manners. In no respect is that more true than in the president’s announcement of a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11 of this year, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought the United States to that country’s star
Watch This Breathtaking Time-Lapse Taken From Inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon5d
Crew Dragon Time Lapse NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, one of the ten crew members currently residing on board the International Space Station, shared a gorgeous time lapse taken by crew mate and Japanese space agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The stunning time lapse was taken from inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule nicknamed Resilience, which will soon be joined by a second capsule on April
Biden Wants Leaders to Make Climate Commitments for Earth Day5d
The administration is closing in on deals with some close allies, but agreements with powers like China, Brazil and India are proving difficult.
After 48-year search, physicists discover ultra-rare 'triple glueball' particle5d
A never-before-seen particle known as the odderon has revealed itself in the hot guts of two particle colliders, confirming a 48-year-old theory.
Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakomoto Is Now One of the World’s Wealthiest People5d
High Score Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous figure who created Bitcoin back in 2009, is now one of the richest people alive — assuming the unidentified coder is still alive in the first place. Based on Bitcoin.com’ s calculations , the roughly 1 million Bitcoin in Nakamoto’s account is worth around $59 billion today. With additional funds like various Bitcoin caches, that would make Nakamoto th
Study cements age and location of hotly debated skull from early human Homo erectus6d
A new study verifies the age and origin of one of the oldest specimens of Homo erectus—a very successful early human who roamed the world for nearly 2 million years. In doing so, the researchers also found two new specimens at the site—likely the earliest pieces of the Homo erectus skeleton yet discovered. Details are published today in the journal Nature Communications.
Novel theory addresses centuries-old physics problem6d
The 'three-body problem,' the term coined for predicting the motion of three gravitating bodies in space, is essential for understanding a variety of astrophysical processes as well as a large class of mechanical problems, and has occupied some of the world's best physicists, astronomers and mathematicians for over three centuries. Their attempts have led to the discovery of several important fiel
Domino’s Starts Autonomous Robot Pizza Deliveries•6d
Domino Nuro Houston
R2-D(omino’s)-2 Pizza giant Domino’s is partnering with robotics company Nuro to bring autonomous robot pizza deliveries to Houston, Texas. Customers in the area can now have their pizza delivered by an adorable robot called R2, built by Nuro. The four-wheeled vehicle was first introduced back in February 2020 and became the first fully autonomous on-road delivery vehicle to be approved by the De
Sensitive qubit-based technique to accelerate search for dark matter6d
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Chicago have demonstrated a new technique based on quantum technology that will advance the search for dark matter, the invisible stuff that accounts for 85% of all matter in the universe.
J&J delays vaccine rollout in Europe after US health agencies call for pause•6d
J&J & Johnson
CDC and FDA recommendation comes after reports of ‘rare and severe’ blood clots
Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows5h
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Microbes are ‘unknown unknowns’ despite being vital to all life, says study12h
Understanding these tiny organisms could be crucial to tackling threats such as coronavirus, but new research shows how little we know A new study has highlighted how little is known about microbes – the hidden majority of life on Earth. Life on the planet relies on an enormous quantity of bacteria, fungi and other tiny organisms. They generate oxygen, keep soils healthy and regulate the climate.
The US Just Reached an Incredible COVID-19 Vaccination Milestone15h
Just have to keep it up.
The best climate solution you've never heard of17h
Meet the teams who track down and destroy hidden sources of greenhouse gases.
Covid: trial to study effect of immune system on reinfection17h
Oxford scientists will track whether participants are reinfected when re-exposed to coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The immune response needed to protect people against reinfection with the coronavirus will be explored in a new human challenge trial, researchers have revealed. Human challenge trials involve deliberately exposing healthy people to a diseas
New Warp Drive Research Dashes Faster-Than-Light Travel Dreams—but Reveals Stranger Possibilities1d
In 1994, physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed a radical technology that would allow faster-than-light travel: the warp drive , a hypothetical way to skirt around the universe’s ultimate speed limit by bending the fabric of reality. It was an intriguing idea—even NASA has been researching it at the Eagleworks laboratory—but Alcubierre’s proposal contained problems that seemed insurmountable. Now,
Readers reply: the universe is expanding – but what is it expanding into?1d
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts Scientists and astronomers tell us that the universe is expanding. But what is it expanding into, ie what’s beyond the universe? Phil Town, Lisbon Please email new questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading…
How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way1d
Once, we dreamed of one controller to rule them all. But when Logitech killed off the Harmony line, it ended an era.
Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air1d
An exhibition at London’s Science Museum shows how far carbon capture research has come Tackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London’s Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste, pens and y
It's OK Our Bodies Have Changed During the Pandemic1d
The coronavirus changed so much about our lives, including, for many of us, our bodies. It’s OK.
$25 Million Worth Of Giant Clam Shells Seized In The Philippines1d
The raid Friday was the third giant clam bust in just over a month. Since the beginning of March, about $30 million worth of giant clams have been seized from illegal operations.
SpaceX's Reusable Starship to Take NASA Astronauts Back to The Moon1d
Stick the lunar landing.
Physicists have created a new and extremely rare kind of uranium2d
A team of physicists in China has produced the lightest uranium atom ever, which is more than 10 per cent smaller than the most common type of uranium
Around 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex ever walked the Earth2d
An estimate for the number of Tyrannosaurus rex that ever existed suggests that around 20,000 adults lived at any one time, meaning there were a total of 2.5 billion of them during the lifespan of the species
Switching beef for chicken could reduce water footprint of US diets2d
Simple dietary changes – like switching beef for chicken and peas for asparagus – may help people in the US reduce the amount of water required to put their meals on the table
Just 3 per cent of the land on Earth is still ecologically intact2d
Most of Earth’s terrestrial habitats have lost their ecological integrity – even areas previously categorised as being intact
Limiting fossil fuel use isn’t enough – we must stop extraction too2d
To limit climate change and meet even the modest goals of the Paris Agreement, governments need to focus less on reducing demand for fossil fuels and more on cutting the supply
What causes the rare blood clots linked with some covid-19 vaccines?2d
Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccines have been paused in the US after rare reports of blood clots, similar to those linked with the AstraZeneca vaccine in other countries. Could the cause of the clots be the same?
Animals with weird neurons may rewrite the story of brain evolution2d
The neurons of comb jellies are a peculiar shape and use chemicals not found in the brains of other animals – hinting they might have evolved independently of other neurons
Mars swung between humid and arid conditions before it dried up2d
Images captured on the Martian surface by the Curiosity rover indicate that the planet fluctuated between arid and humid conditions in its ancient past
NASA is about to fly a helicopter on another planet for the first time2d
The Ingenuity helicopter, which hitched a ride to Mars aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, is getting ready to perform its first test flight on 12 April
Dementia risk doubles if people have both vision and hearing loss2d
Over six years, a study following thousands of people aged 58 and up found that those who started to lose their vision and hearing were more likely to develop dementia
People are bad at spotting simple solutions to problems2d
We tend to default to solving problems by adding features rather than removing them, potentially failing to recognise efficient solutions that involve simplification
Most fuel-hungry SUVs in the UK are bought by people in cities2d
SUVs in the UK are overwhelmingly bought by people in towns and cities, with the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea emerging as the country’s Range Rover capital
Human brain organoids grown in cheap 3D-printed bioreactor2d
It is now possible to grow and culture human brain tissue in a device that costs little more than the price of a cup of coffee
Tarantula's ubiquity traced back to the cretaceous2d
Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don't know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only mature males will wander to seek out a mate. How then did such a sedentary spider come to inhabit six out of seven continents?
Why the Vaccine Safety Numbers Are Still Fuzzy2d
Putting a risk in context: The rate of blood clots is extremely low, but the pause in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could reveal more cases.
Elon Musk Takes Cybertruck for Off-Road Joyride3d
Off-Road Joyride During a recent visit to Tesla’s factory in Austin, Texas, CEO Elon Musk decided to take a prototype of the company’s long-awaited electric pickup, the Cybertruck, out for a spin. Videos of the event showed the brutalist truck drive over the site’s dirt-covered grounds. Cybertruck at Gigafactory Texas! $TSLA #Tesla #Cybertruck #EV @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/g90Ml0NWTF — Tesla New
UK finds more cases of variant linked to severe second wave in India3d
Discovery of 77 infections with new strain prompts calls to add India to Britain’s travel ‘red list’
What the Pandemic Has Done to the Class of 20203d
Nina Berman / NOOR / Redux Noah Baumbach’s 1995 film, Kicking and Screaming , opens at a college-graduation party. Students dressed in boxy suits and flouncy dresses mill around campus, savoring their final moments of collegiate aimlessness: Today I am a student, an English major. Tomorrow these identities will fall away and I will have no idea who or what I am anymore. A group of friends gathers
Laos jars are slowly revealing their secrets3d
In the rugged province of Xieng Khoaung in upper northern Laos are scattered more than 2,000 large carved stone jars. They vary in size, with the biggest standing at just over 2.5 meters tall and weighing in at 30 tons. The jars are believed to have been used for funerary purposes, with human remains (including teeth) found buried around some of the jars.
‘They Just Feel That They’ve Been Violated’3d
People come to Shelly Hughes to get better. Most patients at the Washington State long-term-care facility she works at are there for the express purpose of getting well enough to go home. In a typical year, she would rarely see cases of “failure to thrive,” the technical term for a sharp and sudden decline in health. But last year, multiple people who were expected to make a full recovery went in
Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic3d
Shipwreck victims cast adrift for weeks or months exhibit a resilience that serves as a model to weather any extended crisis — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Surrendering Our Cities to Cars Would Be a Historic Blunder3d
Amid the devastation caused by the pandemic, an urban awakening occurred. It would have been international news on its own, had the health crisis not overshadowed it. As businesses and offices closed their doors, cities opened their streets for residents and restaurants hungry for space and socially distant outdoor activity—a radical transformation of asphalt into active places at an astonishing
Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI3d
Back in November, the computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Geoffrey Hinton had a hunch. After a half-century’s worth of attempts—some wildly successful—he’d arrived at another promising insight into how the brain works and how to replicate its circuitry in a computer. “It’s my current best bet about how things fit together,” Hinton says from his home office in Toronto, where he’s been se
Only 3% of Earth's Land Ecosystems Remain Intact, But All Is Not Lost3d
We can still help the planet recover.
NYPD Robodog Involved in Arrest of Man With Gun3d
To the dismay of local residents, the New York City police department rolled out its newest toy earlier this week: a four-legged robot dog. The robot, a modified Spot model manufactured by Boston Dynamics, made an appearance at a public housing building . Videos taken at the scene show the robot dog entering and exiting the building’s lobby. Now, new details are emerging about the incident. Polic
Terrifying Mutated-Looking “Creature” Turns Out to Be a Croissant3d
Pastry Panic A mysterious creature caught in a tree caused residents in Krakow, Poland, to shut their windows and hunker down. “People aren’t opening their windows because they’re afraid it will go into their house,” a woman recalled, as quoted by the BBC . The putative creature spent two days in the tree worrying onlookers. Eventually the Krakow Animal Welfare Society was called in, not sure wha
Is it good for you? According to Nietzsche, it's better to ask, "Does it dance?"3d
Friedrich Nietzsche's body of work is notoriously difficult to navigate. He wrote in multiple styles, including essays, aphorisms, poems, and fiction. He introduced idiosyncratic concepts such as the free spirit, the Übermensch , eternal recurrence, ressentiment , the ascetic ideal, the revaluation of values, and the affirmation of life. He shifted allegiances: writing books, for example, in supp
The $1 billion Russian cyber company that the US says hacks for Moscow•3d
US Russian SolarWinds
The hackers at Positive Technologies are undeniably good at what they do. The Russian cybersecurity firm regularly publishes highly-regarded research, looks at cutting edge computer security flaws, and has spotted vulnerabilities in networking equipment, telephone signals, and electric car technology. But American intelligence agencies have concluded that this $1 billion company—which is headquar
Russia Is Planning a Moon Landing Later This Year3d
Luna 25 Russia is planning to launch a mission to the Moon’s south pole — and it’s scheduled for launch this October, Space.com reports . The mission, dubbed Luna 25, could be the first Russian moon landing since Luna 24, the country’s third lunar sample return mission, which launched in 1976. The goal of the mission is to investigate ice deposits suspected to be buried beneath the Moon’s south p
How many T. rexes were there? Billions.3d
How many Tyrannosaurus rexes roamed North America during the Cretaceous period?
Deciduous trees offset carbon loss from Alaskan boreal fires, new study finds3d
More severe and frequent fires in the Alaskan boreal forest are releasing vast stores of carbon and nitrogen from burned trees and soil into the atmosphere, a trend that could accelerate climate warming. But new research published this week in the journal Science shows that the deciduous trees replacing burned spruce forests more than make up for that loss, storing more carbon and accumulating it
Google Earth time-lapses show a changing planet•4d
Google Earth Timelapse
Satellite images collected over 37 years are combined to show how Earth in a new way.
Concerns rise about spread of coronavirus variant in London4d
Several people infected by strain first identified in South Africa had received at least one vaccine shot
Ford CEO Mocks Tesla For Rolling Out Half-Finished Autonomous Driving4d
US carmaker Ford just announced its answer to Tesla’s Autopilot. The hands-free highway driving system, called BlueCruise, is making its way into the Mustang Mach-E, the company’s latest flagship electric vehicle. CEO Jim Farley took the opportunity to take potshots at the competition. “BlueCruise! We tested it in the real world, so our customers don’t have to,” the executive wrote in a tweet, an
Will we ever know exactly how the universe ballooned into existence?4d
Physicists have long been unable to describe what happened just after the Big Bang when a teensy blip ballooned into the universe, a process called inflation. We may know why.
Why corporate diversity programs fail — and how small tweaks can have big impact | Joan C. Williams4d
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International scientists from around the world are warning that chemical pollutants in the environment have the potential to alter animal and human behavior.
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Knife-wielding spider god mural unearthed in Peru5d
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US envoy John Kerry will hold talks in Shanghai ahead of a climate summit hosted by President Biden.
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Mom & baby giraffe trapped on a sinking island rescued in months-long operation5d
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Indian astronomers detect over 200 variable stars6d
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Regular headphones can detect a heart rate and hear your conversations2d
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Google Earth Timelapse
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Fireball meteor burns up over South Florida5d
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Human cells grown in monkey embryos raise ethical concerns2d
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In a Warming World, Heat Interferes With Sex Determination in These Australian Lizards3d
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In a Senate briefing, the heads of the major intelligence agencies warned the public about dangers that offer no easy solutions.
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Surge testing for Covid expanded to two more London postcodes5d
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First step, deep breaths.
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& Johnson Vaccine
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& Johnson J&J
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A slower vaccine rollout isn’t ideal, but it’s more important that Americans know they can trust officials to address health concerns when they arise.
Cord-Cutting Isn't About Saving Money. It's About Control3d
Making the switch to streaming used to be a way to pay only for what you watched. Those days are long gone.
Photos of the Week: Beach Classroom, Giant Eye, Trench Puppies3d
Cherry blossoms in Germany, Fashion Week in Madrid, an island castle in Switzerland, Ramadan prayers in Mecca, a volcanic eruption in the Caribbean, a protest march in Minnesota, a “Field of Light” in California, a comfort dog at the U.S. Capitol, and much more
Doctors Should Talk to Patients about Firearm Injury Prevention3d
It’s a major public health issue, and discussing it should part of routine care, no different than questions about health risk factors such as smoking, substance use and diet — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
COVID-19 booster shots may be needed within 12 months, US officials say3d
People vaccinated against COVID-19 may require booster shots within nine to 12 months of their initial vaccination.
Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard3d
Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine was supposed to be the uncomplicated one. But even with new data, getting people to trust it again will be tricky.
US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules3d
The US has sent a loud message to Moscow—though what it's saying isn’t exactly clear.
The whitest paint is here—and it's the coolest. Literally.3d
In an effort to curb global warming, Purdue University engineers have created the whitest paint yet. Coating buildings with this paint may one day cool them off enough to reduce the need for air conditioning, the researchers say.
Isen smelter og storbyer vokser: Google Earth viser Jordens forandring4d
Det er nu muligt at se satellitbilleder fra næsten fire årtier.
Britain must harness the social sciences to fight post-pandemic deprivation | Will Hutton4d
The wealth of research going on around Covid and inequality could be used to help everyone lead healthier lives Will Hutton is the incoming president of the Academy of Social Sciences For the past year the repeated government invocation has been that it will “ follow the science ”. As the world knows, the general direction of scientific advice, although there have been occasional dissenters and d
3500 year-old honeypot: Oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa4d
Before sugar cane and sugar beets conquered the world, honey was the worldwide most important natural product for sweetening. Archaeologists at Goethe University in cooperation with chemists at the University of Bristol have now produced the oldest direct evidence of honey collecting of in Africa. They used chemical food residues in potsherds found in Nigeria. (Nature Communications, DOI 10.1038/s
Ancient DNA hints at diverse Stone Age traditions of kinship4d
Genomes from University of Liverpool excavations of burials around some of the earliest houses in history contributed to a major study by an international team of geneticists, anthropologists and archaeologists, revealing more about the remarkable diversity of kinship types in ancient human societies.
How a Burst of Light in the Sky Illuminated Something Primal4d
Videos of a mysterious celestial phenomenon captured a once-common human emotion: awe at the wonder of the heavens.
Så låter det när spindelnätets vibrationer tonsätts4d
När en spindelhane vill locka till sig en hona spelar han på hennes nät och genom vibrationerna uppfattar hon kärleksförklaringen. Spindlar kommunicerar nämligen med vibrationer och nu har forskare tonsatt dessa. I klippet ovan kan du höra hur det låter. Glöm inte sätta på ljudet.
The Sun Never Set on the British Empire’s Oppression4d
Late last month, the leader of Myanmar’s junta, Min Aung Hlaing, stood on a huge parade field to recount the military’s “immense prestige etched in the annals of history.” Hundreds of soldiers who had not been deployed to quell an uprising against the country’s coup marched in formation at dawn. Armored vehicles spewing black smoke rumbled alongside them. The speech marked Myanmar’s annual Armed
Why is it so hard to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data.4d
The future of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson covid vaccine remains in limbo after an advisory panel recommended taking a deeper look into reports of rare—and sometimes fatal—side effects. The US Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration advised suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday , after reports that six people who had received a dose developed rare bl
Famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B just barely lets itself be captured4d
Two international teams of astronomers (with significant Dutch involvement) have published two scientific papers with new information about the famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B. In a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, they measured the radiation from the bursts at the lowest possible frequencies. In a study published in Nature Astronomy, they examined the bursts in the great
RNA holds the reins in bacteria: Researchers observe RNA controlling protein synthesis4d
To better understand how RNA in bacteria gives rise to protein—and along the way, target these processes in the design of new antibiotics—researchers are turning their attention to the unique way this process happens in bacteria.
NAS Considers Expulsion of Two Scientists for Sexual Harassment4d
The National Academy of Sciences is reviewing complaints about astronomer Geoffrey Marcy and geneticist Francisco Ayala, who left their academic positions following investigations at their institutions.
Social wasps lose face recognition abilities in isolation4d
Just as humans are challenged from the social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds that a solitary lifestyle has profound effects on the brains of a social insect: paper wasps.
Could muons point to new physics?5d
The first question ever asked in Western philosophy, "What's the world made of?" continues to inspire high energy physicists. New experimental results probing the magnetic properties of the muon, a heavier cousin of the electron, seem to indicate that new particles of nature may exist, potentially shedding light on the mystery of dark matter. The results are a celebration of the human spirit and
Who Are the Fastest Animals in the World — and Why?5d
The secret is all in the muscles. But if that’s true, why can’t the biggest, strong animals run the fastest?
'Polluter elite' needs to act first on climate change5d
A new report by the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behavior Change calls on policymakers to target the UK's 'polluter elite' to trigger a shift to more sustainable behavior, and provide affordable, available low-carbon alternatives to poorer households.
Your most distant cousin doesn't even have an anus5d
No animal is less related to you than a sea sponge, and they've got the genes and nerveless, anus-less bodies to prove it.
Telescope lasers could give humanity an edge in war against space junk5d
Space junk is a growing problem. Scientists want to fight it with lasers that can de-twinkle the stars.
Is Silicon Valley Dead? Not According to Venture Dollars5d
In a record quarter for VC funding, California still takes the cake—further evidence that reports of the region’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
COP26: Delaying key climate meeting preferable to 'messing it up'5d
Further postponement of the UK climate summit would be better than a failed event, says an expert.
Neglected tropical diseases are the landmines of global health | Albert Picado and John H Amuasi5d
They are 20 disparate diseases that, like mines, unduly affect the world’s poorest people. Now there’s a plan to eradicate them by 2030 In January the World Health Organization launched a new strategy for eradicating neglected tropical diseases, boldly setting targets to eliminate 20 of them by 2030. But what are neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)? There is no easy answer. The concept was first p
A Tiny Ant Brain Is Still Too Big for Reproduction5d
For most ant species, nothing spells apocalypse quite like the death of a queen. A colony stripped of its monarch, the group’s only fertile female and the sole source of eggs, quickly unravels, then dies—an entire society snuffed out. The captain does not go down with her ship; the ship goes down with her captain. Indian jumping ants do not abide by such dictatorial dramatics. They’ve evolved a w
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension–What This Means For You5d
An infectious disease doctor answers questions about the CDC’s and FDA’s decision to pause the vaccine’s use over a possible link with blood clots — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Protecting Crops Against a Spring Frost5d
Unseasonably cold temperatures across parts of Western Europe have threatened vineyards and groves of fruit trees, as frost damages delicate new buds. Days of record-low overnight temperatures have spurred winegrowers and other farmers to take action to protect their crops—some opting to spray water on their plants so a layer of ice will shield them from the frost, and others choosing to light ma
A new warning sign to predict volcanic eruptions?6d
A recent study used data collected by NASA satellites to conduct a statistical analysis of surface temperatures near volcanoes that erupted from 2002 to 2019. The results showed that surface temperatures near volcanoes gradually increased in the months and years prior to eruptions. The method was able to detect potential eruptions that were not anticipated by other volcano monitoring methods, suc
Megafauna extinction mystery unlocked6d
The rapid extinction of giant animals including wombat-like creatures as big as cars, birds more than two meters tall, and lizards more than seven meters long that once roamed the Australian continent is a puzzle that has long engaged researchers.
Using emotion and humor to combat science misinformation6d
Misinformation in public debates about scientific issues such as vaccinations and climate change can be found all over the internet, especially on social media. In a new study, Sara K. Yeo, associate professor of communication at the University of Utah, examines why it's so difficult to detect science misinformation and suggests that using humor may help combat the issue.
US may pause J&J coronavirus vaccines due to rare cases of blood clots6d
The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in administering the J&J vaccine to investigate reports of 6 cases of rare blood clots.
The DNA of lettuce unraveled: 6000 years from weed to beloved vegetable6d
Iceberg lettuce, oakleaf lettuce, romaine, and all other lettuces that we eat nowadays, descend from wild plants that were modified 6000 years ago in the Caucasus so that plant oil could be harvested from the seeds. After the ancient Greek and Romans further bred the plants to use them as leafy vegetables, lettuce also ended up on our plates over time. The special history of lettuce has been descr
The observation of Kardar-Parisi-Zhang hydrodynamics in a quantum material6d
Classical hydrodynamics laws can be very useful for describing the behavior of systems composed of many particles (i.e., many-body systems) after they reach a local state of equilibrium. These laws are expressed by so-called hydrodynamical equations, a set of mathematical equations that describe the movement of water or other fluids.
Microsoft Makes a $16 Billion Entry Into Health Care AI6d
The company plans to buy Nuance, a speech-recognition firm that grasps the specialized language of medicine—tech that won’t be easy for others to replicate.