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Vaccines bring us closer
Effectively and safely protecting against disease–this is what makes vaccines a vital and successful public health tool that saves lives and safeguards health and well-being. Looking at immunisation programmes' successes and remaining challenges, this week's issue of Eurosurveillance is published on the occasion of European Immunization Week (EIW) 2021.


UK’s aid cuts hit vital coronavirus research around world
Leading UK expert says loss of funding certain to damage attempts to tackle virus and variants Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vital coronavirus research, including a project tracking variants in India, has had its funding reduced by up to 70% under swingeing cuts to the UK overseas aid budget. One of Britain’s leading infectious disease experts said the UK governmen
The tactics police are using to prevent bystander video
Kian Kelley-Chung was wearing a black T-shirt with the logo of his documentary and art collective on the day last summer when he found himself filming the Washington, DC, police during a protest. It was August 13, 2020, and Kelley-Chung had been recording Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the city for a couple of months. At this one, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, he saw an officer push som
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Fails to Make It Off the Ground for Fourth Flight
Grounded NASA’s Mars helicopter has hit a bit of a snag. “Aim high, and fly, fly again,” a Thursday tweet by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reads. “The Mars Helicopter’s ambitious fourth flight didn’t get off the ground, but the team is assessing the data and will aim to try again soon.” In reality, it remains unclear what the helicopter’s current state is — and it would be a shame if it had al
Space Force Chief Scientist: “Human Augmentation” Is Now Necessary
BrainPal The head scientist of the US Space Force has an unusual idea for how to maintain military dominance: augmenting and upgrading human soldiers. Speaking at an Air Force Research Laboratory event, Space Force chief scientist Joel Mozer suggested that we’re entering an era during which soldiers can become a “superhuman workforce,” according to Metro , thanks to new tech including augmented a
The Hot-Person Vaccine
I hope we can all agree that “vaccine culture” is a bit depressing. The idea of wearing an evening gown to a COVID-19-vaccine appointment is objectively sad, and speaking from personal experience, taking an hour-long bus ride to a CVS at the dead center of Staten Island, New York, for medical treatment is not fun or exciting except by dramatic contrast to events prior. And when vaccine culture is
Hawaii Declares Climate Emergency Due to Rising Sea
Climate Emergency Hawaii has become the first US state in history to declare a climate emergency, Grist reports . The state legislature passed a resolution on Thursday that calls climate change a threat to both humankind and the environment. The resolution also calls for urgent action to alleviate the adverse effects of climate change. “I’m very pleased that the Legislature has taken this step by
‘So full of life and love, so sad inside’: how Jacinda Barclay’s death could help us understand concussion in sport
When the fearless, open-hearted athlete took her own life in October, the shock was immense. Now her family is determined to find out why Damage found after late AFLW player Jacinda Barclay donates brain for concussion research Explainer: what we know about concussion in Australian sport Tall, whispering gum trees line the driveway of the Barclay property. The homestead sits nestled into a gentle
Research suggests cancer not as rare as thought in medieval Britain
Analysis of bones from sixth to 16th centuries reveals the disease was 10 times more prevalent than expected It was a time when battles, plagues and ghastly accidents caused many a misery, but now research suggests the inhabitants of medieval Britain were no strangers to another tribulation: cancer. According to Cancer Research UK about 50% of people in the UK born after 1960 will receive a diagn
China Releases Video of Space Station Module Entering Orbit
Now Live On Thursday morning, the Chinese space agency successfully launched the first and largest module of its upcoming Tiangong-3 space station into orbit. The module, Tianhe, is now floating in orbit, where it awaits the next ten rocket launches that will ferry the space stations remaining pieces to space for eventual construction . But for now, Chinese state media released video footage of t
Oops, More Huge Chinese Space Debris Is Tumbling Back to Earth
China successfully launched the first base module of its space station earlier this week. But while the Long March 5B rocket — the largest in the country’s growing fleet of launch vehicles — successfully made the drop-off, it’s now likely to hurtle uncontrollably back down through the Earth’s atmosphere, SpaceNews reports . The rocket used four boosters and a massive core stage to get the 22.5 me
Michio Kaku: Figuring Out Secrets of Physics Will Make us “Grand Masters”
Unraveling Secrets Famous theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has a new goal for his fellow researchers: unraveling the mysteries of the universe to create a cohesive theory of everything that explains how the universe operates — and why it exists. Kaku told The New York Times that he thinks that the underlying secrets to physics could end up being simpler than the complex pile of equations, theore
An Underground Tank Is Leaking Massive Amounts of Radioactive Waste
According to a new report by the Washington State Department of Ecology, a massive underground radioactive chemical storage tank in the state is leaking hundreds of thousands of gallons of nuclear waste into the ground nearby. That’s bad news, reigniting fears that the waste may end up in the Columbia River, one of the largest rivers in the United States and which runs only ten miles from the sit
Watch the World’s Largest Aircraft Take Off in the Desert
Lift Off Aerospace company Stratolaunch has managed to get its Roc aircraft off the ground for the second time this morning. The twin-fuselage aircraft, currently the jet with the world’s widest wingspan at a colossal 385 feet, took to the skies over the Mojave desert in Southern California at about 7:30 am local time. Journalists at the scene were able to witness the impressive launch first hand
Joe Rogan Explains Anti-Vax Comments: “I’m Not a Doctor, I’m a F*cking Moron”
It’s a hard bar to clear, but former “Fear Factor” host and current podcaster Joe Rogan seems to have made his worst — or at least most widely criticized —take yet. And now he’s backing down, sort of. The vaccines currently approved for use in the United States have done tremendous work protecting people from the coronavirus. New COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have declined con
Figures on Covid deaths post-jab show vaccine’s success, scientists say
Small number have died after being vaccinated, mostly having caught virus before dose could take effect A small number of people vaccinated against Covid have been admitted to hospital with the disease and died, researchers have found, but most were frail and elderly and caught the virus before the jab could take effect. Scientists say their findings are reassuring. They bear out the conclusions
Why the Filibuster Suits the GOP Just Fine
In the Senate today, a simple majority isn’t enough to pass a bill: 60 out of 100 votes are necessary to break a so-called filibuster by invoking “cloture” to end debate. Routine use of the filibuster is a modern and accelerating phenomenon. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who regards the filibuster as a permanent fixture worthy of protection, has seen the cloture rule invoked 1,
FAA Authorizes Launch of Next Three Starship Prototypes
The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized three upcoming launches of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft, according to a recent statement . “The agency approved multiple launches because SpaceX is making few changes to the launch vehicle and relied on the FAA’s approved methodology to calculate the risk to the public,” reads the statement. The Elon Musk-led space company has been hard at work d
The Military Is Working on Robots With Biological Muscles
Flesh Bots The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is tired of old-school robots that use mechanical actuators — and it wants to give military tech a biological upgrade. Scientists at the ARL are diving into a new field of biohybrid robotics , in which they fuse robotic machinery with living muscle tissue, according to Nextgov . It’s a futuristic and mildly unsettling proposal, but engineers say it co
The Unspoken Wedge Between Parents and Grandparents
Martin parr / Magnum photos One of the sweetest parts of being a grandparent is being invited by your own adult children to spend time with your grandkids. But the invitation comes with a few conditions, and in even the most loving families, grandparents ignore these rules on a regular basis. For many reasons, they can’t help overstepping the boundaries, whether because of a prickliness at their
Move over CRISPR, the retrons are coming
While the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system has become the poster child for innovation in synthetic biology, it has some major limitations. CRISPR-Cas9 can be programmed to find and cut specific pieces of DNA, but editing the DNA to create desired mutations requires tricking the cell into using a new piece of DNA to repair the break. This bait-and-switch can be complicated to orchestrate, and can ev
UK Covid live: infection rates below one person per 1,000 in England and Wales, ONS figures suggest
Latest updates: rate of coronavirus is decreasing across the UK, according to latest ONS figures Figures on Covid deaths post-jab show vaccine’s success, scientists say AstraZeneca CEO hits back at Covid vaccine supply criticism Ministers among main routes for PPE deal ‘VIP’ channel, court hears UK economy builds momentum as Covid restrictions ease Global coronavirus updates – live 3.02pm BST The
Organic Electrochemical Synaptic Transistor
The title of this post should be provocative, if you think about it for a minute. For “organic” read flexible, soft, and biocompatible. An electrochemical synapse is essentially how mammalian brains work. So far we can be talking about a biological brain, but the last word, “transistor”, implies we are talking about a computer. This technology may represent the next step in artificial intelligenc
SpaceX is bound for the moon, but 2024 goal is now a long shot
Nasa’s sole choice of Elon Musk’s company for mission has been blamed on budget constraints Nasa has chosen SpaceX to supply the lander that will take astronauts to the moon as part of the agency’s Artemis programme . The 16 April announcement came as a surprise because the agency had originally planned to award competitive contracts to two companies. Budget constraints have been blamed for the s
Who's listening? Inside the voice-profiling revolution
You decide to call a store that sells some hiking boots you're thinking of buying. As you dial in, the computer of an artificial intelligence company hired by the store is activated. It retrieves its analysis of the speaking style you used when you phoned other companies the software firm services. The computer has concluded you are "friendly and talkative." Using predictive routing, it connects
The birth of childhood: A brief history of the European child
It took several thousand years for our culture to realize that a child is not an object. Learning how to treat children as humans continues to this day. "Nature wants children to be children before they are men," wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the book Emile, or On Education (1762). While Rousseau did not see children as humans, he appealed to parents to look after their offspring. "If we conside
Fish have been swallowing microplastics since the 1950s
Forget diamonds—plastic is forever. It takes decades, or even centuries, for plastic to break down, and nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists in some form today. We've known for a while that big pieces of plastic can harm wildlife—think of seabirds stuck in plastic six-pack rings—but in more recent years, scientists have discovered microscopic bits of plastic in the water, soil, and
Listen: The Consequences of Vaccine Nationalism
While wealthier countries reopen, India and the rest of the world face a terrifying new peak in the pandemic. How did it come to this? What can be done? And with new variants and limited supplies, how does the global vaccine strategy need to change to prevent more coronavirus spikes? Staff writer Yasmeen Serhan joins James Hamblin and Maeve Higgins on the podcast Social Distance to explain. Liste
Here’s what China wants from its next space station
At 11:23 a.m. local time Thursday at Wenchang, Hainan Island, China launched Tianhe-1, the first module of a new orbital space station. It’s scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022. The launch, which went flawlessly, sets China up for a very busy next two years as it seeks to build upon the decade’s successes and follow through with one of its most ambitious space projects yet. Although th
Icebreaker's cyclone encounter reveals faster sea ice decline
In August 2016 a massive storm on par with a Category 2 hurricane churned in the Arctic Ocean. The cyclone led to the third-lowest sea ice extent ever recorded. But what made the Great Arctic Cyclone of 2016 particularly appealing to scientists was the proximity of the Korean icebreaker Araon.
Comparing metapopulation dynamics of infectious diseases under different models of human movement [Ecology]
Newly available datasets present exciting opportunities to investigate how human population movement contributes to the spread of infectious diseases across large geographical distances. It is now possible to construct realistic models of infectious disease dynamics for the purposes of understanding global-scale epidemics. Nevertheless, a remaining unanswered question is how best…
NASA’s Gigantic SLS Rocket Arrives in Florida on Equally Gigantic Barge
Artemis I Core Stage Arrival at KSC NASA’s long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) is finally beginning to take shape. Following a number of impressive engine tests, the various components of the first full spacecraft have all arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, including the newly arrived core stage. That part of the mega-rocked floated up to the spaceport on a 310-foot barge earlier this wee
Study sheds new insight on forest loss and degradation in Brazilian Amazon
An international team led by Xiangming Xiao, George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, published a paper in the April issue of the journal Nature Climate Change that has major implications on forest policies, conservation and management practices in the Brazilian Amazon. Xiao also is director of OU
Northern forest fires could accelerate climate change
New research indicates that the computer-based models currently used to simulate how Earth's climate will change in the future underestimate the impact that forest fires and drying climate are having on the world's northernmost forests, which make up the largest forest biome on the planet. It's an important understanding because these northern forests absorb a significant amount of Earth's carbon
'Bat-sense' tech generates images from sound
By cleverly analyzing the results, the algorithm can deduce the shape, size and layout of a room, as well as pick out in the presence of objects or people. The results are displayed as a video feed which turns the echo data into three-dimensional vision.
The DALI experiment: Searching for the axion, a proposed component of dark matter
The detection of the axion would mark a key episode in the history of science. This hypothetical particle could resolve two fundamental problems of Modern Physics at the same time: the problema of Charge and Parity in the strong interaction, and the mystery of dark matter. However, in spite of the high scientific interest in finding it, the search at high radio frequency—above 6 GHz—has been almos
China begins construction of laboratory in space – video
China has sent into space the core module of its space station at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan, kicking off a series of key launch missions with one of the goals to create a national space laboratory. This will enable scientists from around the world to conduct multi-domain space science and technical experiments. The space station should be completed by
Research shows long-term recovery possible for areas impacted by seagrass die-off
Nearly 10,000 acres of lush seagrass vanished from Florida Bay between 1987 and 1991, leading to massive ecological changes in the region near the Florida Keys. Abundance of the seagrass, Thalassia testudinum, more commonly known as turtlegrass, a foundation species of the Florida Bay ecosystem, decreased extensively during what is considered to be one of the largest declines in seagrass cover in
Book Review: The Next Frontier of Warfare Is Online
In “This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends,” Nicole Perlroth chronicles the growing black market for cyberweapons, and the global arms race it has created. As with the atomic bomb, the U.S. has developed a weapon to protect its citizens which has now boomeranged back with unintended consequences.
Nicholas Britton obituary
My husband, Nicholas Britton, who has died aged 67 of bone cancer, was a pioneering mathematical biologist whose research covered a huge range of subjects, from how malaria is transmitted to the growth of tree rings, and dialects in bird song. His teaching and work on modelling techniques made an important contribution to inspiring and training the generation of researchers who are currently appl
An economical alloy-based aerogel as electrocatalyst for carbon fixation
Many industrial processes emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, however, current electrochemical separation methods are expensive and consume large amounts of power. They also require expensive and rare metals as catalysts. A study in the journal Angewandte Chemie describes a new aerogel electrocatalyst formed from an inexpensive metal alloy, which enables highly efficient electr
The Atlantic Daily: The Fear That Shapes Joe Biden’s Agenda
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. Back in January, President Biden inherited a country being ravaged by the coronavirus, and quickly began pushing large-scale initiatives to fight the pandemic and repair the economy. Last night, i
How meningitis-causing bacteria may sense fever to avoid immune killing
Researchers have discovered a mechanism through which meningitis-causing bacteria can evade our immune system. In laboratory tests, they found that Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae respond to increasing temperatures by producing safeguards that keep them from getting killed. This may prime their defenses against our immune system and increase their chances of survival, the resea
Latest observations by MUSER help clarify solar eruptions
Prof. Yan Yihua and his research team from the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) recently released detailed results of observations by the new generation solar radio telescope—Mingantu Spectral Radio Heliograph (MUSER)—from 2014 to 2019.
Large collaboration creates cell atlas of COVID-19 pathology
Scientists from several hospitals and research centers have shown what happens in individual cells of patients who died of COVID-19. In a study published in Nature, the researchers describe how infected cells from multiple organs exhibited a range of molecular and genomic changes. They also saw signs of multiple, unsuccessful attempts of the lungs to repair themselves in response to respiratory fa
A megastudy of text-based nudges encouraging patients to get vaccinated at an upcoming doctor’s appointment [Medical Sciences]
Many Americans fail to get life-saving vaccines each year, and the availability of a vaccine for COVID-19 makes the challenge of encouraging vaccination more urgent than ever. We present a large field experiment (N = 47,306) testing 19 nudges delivered to patients via text message and designed to boost adoption…
Studying top quarks at high and not-so-high energies
CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is famous for colliding protons at world-record energies—but sometimes it pays to dial down the energy and see what happens under less extreme conditions. The LHC started operation in 2010 with a collision energy of 7 TeV, and ran at 13 TeV from 2015 to 2018. But for one week in 2017, the LHC produced moderate-intensity collisions at only 5 TeV—allowing scientist
'Awake' concept brings proton bunches into sync
The future of particle acceleration has begun. Awake is a promising concept for a completely new method with which particles can be accelerated even over short distances. The basis for this is a plasma wave that accelerates electrons and thus brings them to high energies. A team led by the Max Planck Institute for Physics now reports a breakthrough in this context. For the first time, they were ab
Newly discovered Miocene biome sheds light on rainforest evolution
An international research group led by Prof. Wang Bo and Prof. Shi Gongle from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) has collected approximately 25,000 fossil-containing amber samples and about 5,000 fossil plants in Zhangpu County, Fujian Province, southeast China from 2010 to 2019.
Rice-sized baby mantis shrimp throw a powerful punch
Even when they are smaller than a short grain of rice, larvae of the Philippine mantis shrimp display ultra-fast movements, according to a new study. Their ultra-fast punching appendages measure less than 1 millimeter (0.039 inches), and develop right when the larva exhausts its yolk reserves, moves away from its nest, and out into the big wide sea. It immediately begins preying on organisms smal
Software Bug Delays Ingenuity Helicopter’s 4th Mars Flight
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter was supposed to complete its fourth flight early yesterday, but data beamed back to Earth indicates that did not happen . NASA isn’t worried, though. This appears to be the same issue that caused the delay in Ingenuity’s first flight timeline. NASA says it’s planning to try this one again today, and we should know in a few hours whether or not it was successful. Becaus
Congress Names Former Astronaut as New NASA Leader
New Boss After a unanimous Senate confirmation vote on Thursday, former Senator Bill Nelson is now the new head of NASA. President Joe Biden first nominated Nelson, who reports had a major impact on the space program during and after his own career as an astronaut, about a month ago . Aside from his six-day flight on the Columbia space shuttle in 1986, Nelson served in the Senate from 2
Climate change: Amazon may be turning from friend to foe
The Brazilian Amazon released nearly 20 percent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the last decade than it absorbed, according to a stunning report that shows humanity can no longer depend on the world's largest tropical forest to help absorb manmade carbon pollution.
Wildfire smoke trends worsening for Western US
From the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains, summers in the West are marked by wildfires and smoke. New research from the University of Utah ties the worsening trend of extreme poor air quality events in Western regions to wildfire activity, with growing trends of smoke impacting air quality clear into September. The work is published in Environmental Research Letters.
The Books Briefing: How to be Happy
The debate over what happiness is, and how to achieve it, goes back thousands of years: As Arthur Brooks, an Atlantic contributing writer, points out, the Greek philosopher Epicurus believed that happiness involved freedom from mental disturbance and the absence of physical pain. In the Stoic school of thought, happiness could be found only in a virtuous life. Contemporary research tends to point
Technology provides non-invasive treatment for congenital heart disease patients
New study results, presented at SCAI 2021, validate the effectiveness of the Medtronic Harmony™ transcatheter pulmonary valve (TPV) system for patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) and severe pulmonary regurgitation (PR). The Harmony TPV is designed to be a less invasive treatment option for patients with irregularity in their right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) needing pulmonary valve p
eNeuro publishes commentaries on upcoming documentary "In Silico"
eNeuro is publishing a special collection of commentaries on April 30, 2021 on the neuroscience documentary In Silico. The collection, titled "Epistemological Lessons from the Blue and Human Brain Projects," features reactions to the documentary from leading neuroscientists as well as a discussion on brain modelling and massive research collaborations in general.
Icy clouds on ancient Mars may have given rise to lakes and rivers
In a recent study, researchers created a computer model to explore how varying levels of surface ice would have affected clouds above the Martian surface. The results showed that icy, high-altitude clouds would have formed if Mars was covered in relatively small amounts of ice. These clouds would have helped warm the planet. NASA's Perseverance rover may soon confirm this hypothesis by taking geo
Holographic histopathology enables fast, precise diagnostics
Histology is the study of biological tissues at a microscopic level. Also called microscopic anatomy, histology is widely used to provide diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. For example, tissue samples obtained during surgery might help to determine whether further surgical action is needed, and further surgery may be avoided if a diagnosis can be rapidly obtained during an operation.
Opioids after dental work ups entire family’s risk of overdose
Overdose rates were two-and-a-half times higher among patients who filled a prescription for an opioid medication after a dental procedure, compared with those who didn’t, according to a new study. Overdose rates were also higher among the family members of these patients—possibly from misuse of the leftover pills . For the study, researchers used data from 8.5 million dental procedures in teen a
Articles for Geosphere posted online in April
GSA's dynamic online journal, Geosphere, posts articles online regularly. Locations and topics studied this month include the Central Anatolian Plateau; the Southern Rocky Mountain Volcanic Field; petrogenesis in the Grand Canyon; and the evolution of the Portland and Tualatin forearc basins, Oregon.
Engineering T cells to attack cancer broadly
This study builds on decades of work showing that the protein IL-24 attacks cancer broadly, and is the first to deliver the protein using T cells. This approach is in contrast to CAR-T cells, which are built to recognize proteins on the surface of cancer cells and haven't been successful against solid tumors. Mice with prostate cancer experienced shrinkage of the original tumor as well as distant
A continuous model of early mammalian development
Nature, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01153-1 Characterization of the early developmental process called gastrulation has mostly been limited to snapshots at different time points. A model of mouse gastrulation now maps the transitions between cell types continuously in time.
'Pokemonas': Bacteria related to lung parasites discovered, named after Pokémon
A research team at the University of Cologne has discovered previously undescribed bacteria in amoebae that are related to Legionella and may even cause disease. The researchers from Professor Dr. Michael Bonkowski's working group at the Institute of Zoology have named one of the newly discovered bacteria 'Pokemonas' because they live in spherical amoebae, comparable to Pokémon in the video game,
How to invest in a fairer and low carbon energy system
Governments throughout the world have accelerated their ambitions towards effective climate change mitigation. What is clear, in this challenge of how to tackle the complex and global issue of climate change, is that there is no one technology or stakeholder that will drive the full and timely decarbonisation that the world and its citizens require.
Integrated cardiothoracic residency continues to be most challenging specialty to match
Research presented today at the AATS 101st Annual Meeting, shows that the six year Integrated Cardiothoracic (CT I-6) residency continues to be the most challenging to match, while the pool of applicants has become more diverse. The study, which aimed to identify applicant characteristics associated with a successful match, used data from the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), Electronic
3 ways COVID-19 may reshape how kids with autism learn
The shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for all children and parents, but especially for kids with autism. Children with autism often struggle with changes in routine and the engagement required for remote instruction. Brooke Ingersoll , a professor of psychology at Michigan State University and director of the MSU Autism Lab, has worked clos
Just how useful is human gene editing?
Once perfected, gene editing is likely to be useful only under limited conditions. Multigenic diseases like schizophrenia and cardiovascular disease are probably too complicated to be fixed by gene editing. Embryo screening is a far more effective way to achieve the same objective. The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book CRISPR People , reprinted with permission of the author. I see
Textbooks on cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience
Hi, I am very intersted in this field and want an intro textbook. I have a neuroscience background for context. I would also be interested if there was a textbook on something like human consciousness, but I Feel like cognitive science covers that field I suppose submitted by /u/fallszero_5 [link] [comments]
A milestone in muscular dystrophy therapy
A new gene-editing technique can be used to correct mutations in muscle stem cells, paving the way for the first potential cell therapy for genetic muscle disorders. The ECRC team led by Professor Simone Spuler have published their findings in the journal JCI Insight.
Researchers analyzed circulating currents inside gold nanoparticles
Researchers in the Nanoscience Center of University of Jyväskylä in Finland and in the Guadalajara University in Mexico developed a method that allows for simulation and visualization of magnetic-field-induced electron currents inside gold nanoparticles. The method facilitates accurate analysis of magnetic field effects inside complex nanostructures in nuclear magnetic resonance measurements and e
CO2 catalysis made more accessible
Many industrial processes emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, however, current electrochemical separation methods are expensive and consume large amounts of power. They also require expensive and rare metals as catalysts. A study in the journal Angewandte Chemie describes a new aerogel electrocatalyst formed from an inexpensive metal alloy, which enables highly efficient electr
Highly efficient photodynamic-immunotherapy by combining AIEgen with Poly(I:C)
The study reports the design and preparation of erythrocyte membrane-bound nanoparticles (M@AP), for tumoral photodynamic-immunotherapy. The M@AP is formed by self-assembly of aggregation-induced emission polymer (AIEgens) (named P2-PPh3) and polyinosinic : polycytidylic (Poly(I:C)), followed by erythrocyte membrane encapsulation. The M@AP nanoparticles combines the PDT properties of the AIE-activ
International study: Humans accelerate the change of biodiversity
Humans have significantly altered biodiversity in all climate zones of the Earth. This has been shown by a study now published in "Science". Led by Prof. Dr. Manuel Steinbauer at the University of Bayreuth, and Dr. Sandra Nogué at the University of Southampton, an international team has investigated how the flora on 27 islands in different regions has developed over the last 5,000 years. Almost ev
Tropical lakes may emit more methane
Methane is not the most abundant greenhouse gas in our atmosphere, but it is among the most potent. Roughly a quarter of global methane emissions come from natural sources, and freshwater ecosystems are the largest source of atmospheric methane. Most of the data on methane dynamics in aquatic ecosystems come from boreal and temperate environments. Less is known about the fate of methane in tropica
Electron beam melting gets brittle metal into shape
Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals, 3,422 degrees Celsius. This makes the material ideal for use at high temperatures in e.g. space rocket nozzles, heating elements of high-temperature furnaces, or the fusion reactor. However, the metal is highly brittle and, hence, difficult to process. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed an innovative approach
Researchers analyze circulating currents inside gold nanoparticles
According to classical electromagnetism, a charged particle moving in an external magnetic field experiences a force that makes the particle's path circular. This basic law of physics are exploited in designing cyclotrons that work as particle accelerators. When nanometer-size metal particles are placed in a magnetic field, the field induces a circulating electron current inside the particle. The
Glacier avalanches more common than thought
One tends to think of mountain glaciers as slow moving, their gradual passage down a mountainside visible only through a long series of satellite imagery or years of time-lapse photography. However, new research shows that glacier flow can be much more dramatic, ranging from about 10 meters a day to speeds that are more like that of avalanches, with obvious potential dire consequences for those li
Structural changes in snap-frozen proteins
Researchers have succeeded in ultra-fast freezing proteins after a precisely defined period of time. They were able to follow structural changes on the microsecond time scale and with sub-nanometer precision. Owing to its high spatial and temporal resolution, the method allows tracking rapid structural changes in enzymes and nucleic acids.
Three new studies suggest Z-genome is much more widespread in bacteria-invading viruses than thought
Three teams working independently have found evidence that suggests the Z-genome in bacteria-invading viruses is much more widespread than thought. All three of the groups have used a variety of genomic techniques to identify parts of the pathways that lead development of the Z-genome in bacteria-invading viruses known as bacteriophages. The first team was made up of researchers from several insti
Covid-19 Remains Unchecked in India
Sixteen months since Covid-19 began sweeping around the world, India may be on the brink of the pandemic’s largest humanitarian disaster. A new wave of infections has swamped hospitals and official statistics are reporting around 386,000 new cases and more than 3,000 deaths per day.
The First ‘Real Friend’ You Make After College Is Special
Each installment of “ The Friendship Files ” features a conversation between The Atlantic ’s Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship. This week she talks with Alyssa and Emily, who met at their first job out of college and then moved in together during the pandemic. They discuss the role friends play in transitioning from college to adult l
Too much salt suppresses phagocytes
Small changes of sodium in the blood reduce the amount of energy produced in the mitochondria – the power plants of our cells. This has consequences for immune cells. An international research team led by MDC scientists hasdiscovered the mechanism behind this phenomenon and published their findings in the journal Circulation.
Surgical quality improvement driven by data surveillance, standardized processes and systems
Evidence from the medical literature that contributes to adopting a new practice into clinical care is integral for surgical quality improvement. Part II of a comprehensive review of five key principles of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Verification Program demonstrates the role of data surveillance and standardized processes and systems to identify problems and improve the quality
Social factors did not impact families' acceptance of telehealth in early pandemic
Social, economic, and demographic factors that can influence health did not affect families' acceptance of telehealth for their children's cardiac care during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Society 2021 Virtual Meeting. The study, by research team members at the Nemours Children's Health System, suggests that telehealth is a feasible tool for famili
Model could create hurricane forecasts up to 18 months in advance
Every spring, researchers publish their projected forecasts of the upcoming hurricane season—how many storms may form, and how severe they may be. But what if you could create these forecasts up to a year and a half in advance? A new model from North Carolina State University incorporates machine learning to create long-range hurricane forecasts with similar accuracy to those currently in use.
Telehealth can double nurses’ workload
Telehealth doubles the tasks nurses complete to assist patients with chronic diseases, a new study shows. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Chelsea Howland, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing, saw firsthand how telehealth helped her dad, who has Type 2 diabetes and lives in rural Illinois, see his diabetes specialist virtually. “…what often gets overlooked
This Powerful Tidal Turbine Will Power 2,000 Homes in the UK
Renewable energy is having its moment in the sun . And in the wind . And, lesser known but equally relevant, in the water. Tidal turbines don’t get as much buzz as solar and wind farms, and there are less of them out there, but the number is growing—and a unique new one is about to go live. A Scottish company called Orbital Marine Power built what it’s calling the “most powerful tidal turbine in
Get to know your plants through ionomics
Living beings need elements to develop properly. The study of ionomics measures and analyzes the element accumulations in living organisms to determine which mineral nutrients are required and not required for growth. Associate Professor Toshihiro Watanabe from Hokkaido University's Research Faculty of Agriculture applies this approach to learn about mineral accumulation in both plants and soil, i
Rate of Glacial Melting Is Accelerating, Comprehensive Study Finds
Credit: Luca Galuzzi/CC BY-SA 2.5 For scientists who study climate change, it’s no longer a question of whether or not human activity is affecting the planet. It’s a question of how much we’re wrecking the only place we call home. According to a new study from a French-led team, things aren’t going great. The researchers found that the rate of ice loss from glaciers has accelerated for the first
Important factor in the development of dendritic cells identified
Dendritic cells are divided into Type 1 (DC1) and Type 2 (DC2) dendritic cells. Each type fulfils different functions: DC1 provide an immune response to bacteria and viruses, DC2 protect against fungal or parasitic infections. In a recent study conducted at MedUni Vienna's Institute of Cancer Research, researchers found that a particular group of proteins plays a major role in the development of T
Navigating the squircle
Successful navigation requires the ability to separate memories in a context-dependent manner. For example, to find lost keys, one must first remember whether the keys were left in the kitchen or the office. How does the human brain retrieve the contextual memories that drive behavior? J.B. Julian of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University, USA, and Christian F. Doeller of the
Analyzing COVID-19's effect on the clothing industry
While COVID-19 hit the textile and apparel industry especially hard, businesses with a strong online presence, several manufacturing locations and an ability to quickly adjust their merchandise were better able to withstand the pandemic's impact, according to a new study from the University of Missouri.
One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible
Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere—likely in Asia—before colonizing Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa was an island isolated from the rest of the world by ocean—so how did primates get there?
Having an epidural doesn’t boost autism risk
Having an epidural during childbirth is not associated with does not increase the risk for autism in children, according to a new study. The findings help resolve questions raised by an earlier, widely criticized report on the topic. “We did not find evidence for any genuine link between having an epidural and putting your baby at increased risk of autism spectrum disorder,” says senior author Al
Not two different worlds: QAnon and the offline dangers of online speech
The new docuseries, Q: Into the Storm, is an investigation into the QAnon conspiracy theory and the shadowy online subcultures and spaces that fuel it. An important narrative throughout the series is the negative consequences of online speech, which demonstrates the danger of digital dualism: the tendency to treat online life as distinct, separate and sometimes as less real from offline life.
Fix for asbestos in soil may risk nearby water
The current method for handling Superfund sites containing asbestos may actually increase the likelihood of human exposure to the cancer-causing material. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) largely remedies sites with asbestos by capping them with soil to lock the buried toxin in place. “People have this idea that asbestos is all covered up and taken care of,” says Jane Willenbr
Will the end of the COVID-19 pandemic usher in a second Roaring '20s?
While some places remain mired in the third wave of the pandemic, others are taking their first tentative steps towards normality. Since April 21, Denmark has allowed indoor service at restaurants and cafes, and football fans are returning to the stands. In countries that have forged ahead with the rollout of vaccines, there is a palpable sense of optimism.
How small-scale seafood supply chains adapt to COVID-19 disruptions
In February 2020, Rio (not his real name), a crab and sea snail processor in Langkat regency on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, found his business drying up. Normally at this time of year his business would have been booming from seafood exports to China and Hong Kong for the Lunar New Year festival.
Spatial methods for identifying unusual accumulations at Paleolithic sites
A collaboration between researchers at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) and the Human Evolution Research Center (HERC) of the University of California at Berkeley has allowed a study to be published in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, which reviews the traditional and more innovative methods for identifying unusual horizontal concentrations of
The foundations of mathematics are unproven
In 1900, mathematician David Hilbert laid down 23 problems for the mathematics world to solve, the biggest of which was how to prove mathematics itself. Far from solving the issue, Kurt Gödel showed just how groundless the axioms of mathematics are. Gödel's theorem does not devalue mathematics but reveals that some truths are unprovable. Everything's a bit crazy at the moment. We're drowning in a
My belly is angry, my throat is in love: Body parts and emotions in Indigenous languages
Many languages in the world allude to body parts to describe emotions and feelings, as in "broken-heart," for instance. While some have just a few expressions like this, Australian Indigenous languages tend use a lot of them, covering many parts of the body: from "flowing belly" for "feel good" to "burning throat" for "be angry" to "staggering liver" meaning "to mourn."
Bring A Whole New Take On Fitness To Your Routine With The Axle Bundle
The benefits of working out are becoming more clear, and more complex , as we study it. The main question for most of us has been: How can we fit more exercise into our lives, especially if we don’t have space for a full gym? The Axle solves this problem by enabling a wide range of techniques, from bodyweight to classic weightlifting, with one innovative barbell. Designed by a team of sports trai
Magnetically induced currents and aromaticity in ligand-stabilized Au and AuPt superatoms
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22715-x Efficient methods to calculate magnetically induced currents in metallic nanostructures are currently lacking. Here, the authors propose a theoretical method to compute and analyze magnetically induced currents in nanostructures validated for experimentally synthesized gold-based, hydrogen-containing ligand-pro
Magnetic Janssen effect
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22722-y The Janssen effect refers to the saturation of the apparent mass of a column of granular material, due to friction with the boundary of the column. Here, using ferromagnetic beads, Thorens et al. succeed in controlling the apparent mass of the column via an applied magnetic field.
Mimicking associative learning using an ion-trapping non-volatile synaptic organic electrochemical transistor
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22680-5 Organic transistors that can simulate basic synaptic functions and act as biomimetic devices are advantageous for next generation bioelectronics. Here, the authors realize non-volatile organic electrochemical transistors with optimized performance required for associative learning circuits.
Three body photodissociation of the water molecule and its implications for prebiotic oxygen production
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22824-7 Three-body dissociation of water, producing one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, has been difficult to investigate due to the lack of intense vacuum ultraviolet sources. Here, using a tunable free-electron laser, the authors obtain quantum yields for this channel showing that it is a possible route to prebiotic o
Wildfires increasingly impact western US fluvial networks
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22747-3 The authors investigate the impacts of wildfires on fluvial networks in the western US. They find that wildfires directly impacted ~6% of the total stream length between 1984 and 2014. When longitudinal propagation was included, they estimate that wildfires affected ~11% of the total stream length.
Selective cell death in HIV-1-infected cells by DDX3 inhibitors leads to depletion of the inducible reservoir
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22608-z DEAD-box polypeptide 3 (DDX3) is a host protein belonging to the family of ATP-dependent RNA helicases. Here, the authors demonstrate that DDX3 inhibitors reverse HIV-1 latency and selectively induce cell death in HIV-1-infected cell lines, primary CD4+ T cells and in CD4+ T cells from cART-suppressed people li
Percolation on feature-enriched interconnected systems
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22721-z Network robustness is usually assessed following topological criteria, but disregards the role played by non-topological information. Artime et al. propose a flexible percolation framework that overcomes this limitation and combines both dimensions, offering new ways to protect real systems.
A clinical transcriptome approach to patient stratification and therapy selection in acute myeloid leukemia
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22625-y Several genomic features have been found for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) but targeted clinical genetic testing fails to predict prognosis. Here, the authors generate an AML prognostic score from RNA-seq data of patients, which successfully stratifies AML patients and which may provide guidance for therapeutic
Lönen var vanligaste orsaken till strejk
I år är det 100 år sedan som det elektriska stamnätet byggdes ut i Sverige. Med det följde det som kallas den andra industriella revolutionen och en förändrad arbetsmarknad. Jordbrukssektorn minskade samtidigt som industrin och mer kvalificerad tjänstesektor tog ett språng. Under samma period tog strejkerna på svensk arbetsmarknad fart – under bara år 1919 bröt 440 strejker och lockouter ut.
Paper partly funded by controversial stem cell company retracted
The timestamps always get you in the end. A widely touted 2017 paper linked to a controversial company promoting regenerative medicine has been retracted after the journal came to doubt the validity of the data thanks to some strange anachronisms and a digital breadcrumb. “Intra-articular injection in the knee of adipose derived stromal cells (stromal … Continue reading
Brain Matters – Webinar Series – Promotional Video
#BrainMatters is back! We'll be streaming a new episode of our webinar series next week on Friday 7th May at 12:00 CEST! Register your interest here: In the meantime, relive some highlights from past episodes with our new promo video! — ‘Brain Matters’ is a webinar series which explores the various issues being tackled by the HBP scientific com
Care teams differ for black, white surgical patients in the same hospitals
A new study finds black patients are more likely to die after their heart bypass surgery if they're at a hospital where some care teams see mostly white patients and others see mostly black patients. On the other hand, mortality rates are comparable between black and white patients after heart bypass surgery when the teams of health care providers at their hospitals all care for patients of all ra
Det genetiska alfabetet
Som en stor del av allmänheten numera känner till, innehåller DNA fyra olika slags nukleobaser, nämligen adenin, cytosin, guanin och tymin (betecknade A, C, G och T). RNA innehåller uracil (U) i stället för tymin. Man trodde länge att dessa var de enda «bokstäverna» i den genetiska informationen hos alla organismer och virus. Emellertid fann man redan 1977 ett virus som angriper cyanobakterier, so
Inga ärvda dna-skador hos barn efter Tjernobyl
Det har gått 35 år sedan reaktor fyra i kärnkraftverket i Tjernobyl i dåvarande Sovjetunionen havererade och stora mängder radioaktivt material i form av partiklar och joniserande strålning spreds. Initialt avled 30 personer och 134 drabbades av strålsjuka, varav 11 avled i sviterna under de följande tio åren. Frågan var om även nästa generation skulle drabbas av skador som ett resultat av att dna
Cultured Meat will be the Most Impactful Technology of the next Several Decades
There are many technologies within view that promise to have a profound impact on society: personalized medicine, self-driving vehicles, anti-aging, nuclear fusion, artificial intelligence, and more. Besides something like super-AI, which may not even be possible, cultured meat will most likely have the most far-reaching impact in the coming decades. The reason for this is not so much just the gr
How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists – Facts So Romantic
Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a real experiment — one that physicists use to probe the physics of information. Illustration by Samuel Velasco / Quanta Magazine The universe bets on disorder. Imagine, for example, dropping a thimbleful of red dye into a swimming pool. All of those dye molecules are going to sl
Pain From Your Second Brain
Most people can agree they’ve experienced stomachaches that have made them cancel plans or put off work because the pain overrides motivation to interact with others or focus on simple tasks. The ability of our stomach to influence our thoughts and feelings has given rise to the idea of the gut being our second brain”. This second brain, or the enteric nervous system (ENS), is a collection of ner
Våren flyttar norrut
70–80 mil längre norrut har våren hunnit de senaste åren jämfört med det normala samma datum för 100 år sedan. Detta enligt medborgarforskningsprojektet Vårkollen, som gärna vill ha hjälp av allmänheten med rapportering av vårtecken under valborgshelgen. Du rapportera dina vårtecken på vå
[Help] Ethical consideration with AI(Machine learning) decision-making process in business
Dear network, I desperately need your help!! As part of my Master’s thesis at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, I am conducting a study about #AI, #Machinelearning, Ethical consideration #Ethicss), and its relationship to decision-making outcome quality! I would like to kindly ask your help to participate in my survey. This survey is only for PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCES
A silver lining for extreme electronics
Tomorrow's cutting-edge technology will need electronics that can tolerate extreme conditions. That's why a group of researchers led by Michigan State University's Jason Nicholas is building stronger circuits today.
Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers
Researchers from the HSE International Laboratory for Supercomputer Atomistic Modelling and Multi-scale Analysis, JIHT RAS and MIPT have compared the performance of popular molecular modelling programs on GPU accelerators produced by AMD and Nvidia. In a paper published by the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, the scholars ported LAMMPS on the new open-source GPU te
Structure and activity of SLAC1 channels for stomatal signaling in leaves [Biochemistry]
Stomata in leaves regulate gas exchange between the plant and its atmosphere. Various environmental stimuli elicit abscisic acid (ABA); ABA leads to phosphoactivation of slow anion channel 1 (SLAC1); SLAC1 activity reduces turgor pressure in aperture-defining guard cells; and stomatal closure ensues. We used electrophysiology for functional characterizations of Arabidopsis…
Digital mental health interventions for young people are perceived promising, but are they effective
An increasing number of digital mental health interventions are designed for adolescents and young people with a range of mental health issues, but the evidence on their effectiveness is mixed, according to new research. Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy was found effective for anxiety and depression in adolescents and young people, holding promise for increasing access to mental health tr
How to level up soft robotics
The field of soft robotics has exploded in the past decade, as ever more researchers seek to make real the potential of these pliant, flexible automata in a variety of realms, including search and rescue, exploration and medicine.
Battling public health misinformation online
Social media and web-based news channels became a communication superhighway for correct and incorrect public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study of this vast amount of information, known as infodemiology, is critical to building public health interventions to combat misinformation and help individuals, groups, and communities navigate and distill crucial public health messa
Exoskeleton could one day boost walking speed of older adults
A new ankle exoskeleton allowed users to walk, on average, 42% faster than when they wore normal shoes and no exoskeleton, researchers report. Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system—which attaches around the
Processed food might boost risk for chronic infection diseases
Processed diets, which are low in fiber, may initially reduce the incidence of foodborne infectious diseases such as E. coli infections , but might also increase the incidence of diseases characterized by low-grade chronic infection and inflammation such as diabetes, a study with mice shows. Researchers investigated how changing from a grain-based diet to a highly processed, high-fat Western-styl
How Metal can regain its Sound: the Science of Cochlear Implants
This article discusses various scenes from the film Sound of Metal. Although what is discussed likely will not come as any great surprise to anyone generally familiar with the film, be aware that mild “spoilers” are ahead! If you haven’t yet seen the film but choose to read on, this article contains some clips from […]



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