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What India needs to get through its covid crisis
In a cruel irony, India, the world’s vaccine manufacturing powerhouse, is now crippled by a virus for which multiple safe and effective vaccines have been developed in record time. Official reports of more than 380,000 new cases and 3,400 deaths daily, while staggering, likely underestimate the actual toll. As health systems across India buckle under the pressure of a second wave of covid-19 infe


Rapid postglacial rebound amplifies global sea level rise following West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse
Geodetic, seismic, and geological evidence indicates that West Antarctica is underlain by low-viscosity shallow mantle. Thus, as marine-based sectors of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) retreated during past interglacials, or will retreat in the future, exposed bedrock will rebound rapidly and flux meltwater out into the open ocean. Previous studies have suggested that this contribution to glo
Na+/Ca2+ exchanger mediates cold Ca2+ signaling conserved for temperature-compensated circadian rhythms
Circadian rhythms are based on biochemical oscillations generated by clock genes/proteins, which independently evolved in animals, fungi, plants, and cyanobacteria. Temperature compensation of the oscillation speed is a common feature of the circadian clocks, but the evolutionary-conserved mechanism has been unclear. Here, we show that Na + /Ca 2+ exchanger (NCX) mediates cold-responsive Ca 2+ si
After Failed Flight, Mars Helicopter Successfully Soars Once Again
Such Great Heights After a failed attempt earlier this week , NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has successfully taken to the skies for a fourth time, soaring to new heights. Success #MarsHelicopter completed its 4th flight, going farther & faster than ever before. It also took more photos as it flew over the Martian surface. We expect those images will come down in a later data downlink, but @NAS
Elon Musk: Self-Driving Cars Are Hard Because of Flawed Human Drivers
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to come clean about self driving tech. But instead of putting the spotlight on the tech’s immense engineering challenges, Musk is pointing the finger at, well, humanity as a whole. “A major part of real-world AI has to be solved to make unsupervised, generalized full self-driving work, as the entire road system is designed for biological neural nets with o
So you’ve had your Covid jab. What can you safely do now?
Those who are vaccinated still need to take precautions. Experts advise on the social etiquette Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than 33 million people in the UK have now received a first coronavirus vaccine dose, while a quarter of adults – just over 13.2 million people – have had both doses. As more people around the world join this exclusive “fully vaccinated”
SpaceX Cancels Launch of Spaceship That Keeps Exploding
Short Notice SpaceX had planned to test-launch its latest Starship prototype, dubbed SN15, on Friday, but a last-minute cancellation means the spacecraft will stay grounded for the time being. Typically, a SpaceX test launch means nearby roads and beaches get shut down — a reasonable precaution given the fact that these tests have so far ended with unintentional fireworks shows . But Cameron Coun
People in England urged to be patient amid reports hugging may soon be allowed
Vaccine rollout and reduction in cases means family and friends could be allowed to hug in a fortnight Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People are being urged to remain patient before the next relaxation of Covid lockdown restrictions as there is still a possibility for coronavirus cases to “reignite”, amid reports that family and friends in England could be allowed t
A Year Without Germs
Sales of alcohol surged in 2020, especially among the higher-proof varieties. But one type far outsold the others: hand sanitizer. In the heat of the pandemic, Purell poured some $400 million into expanding its production. As anyone who resorted to bootleg hand sanitizer knows, the company came nowhere close to meeting demand. Distilleries and state governments also got in on the action; New York
Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism | Rebecca Solnit
The Green New Deal, formerly seen as radical, is now in mainstream debate. And renewable energy becomes more efficient every day That we are living in science fiction was brought home to me last week when I put down Kim Stanley Robinson’s superb climate-futures novel The Ministry for the Future and picked up Bill McKibben’s New Yorker letter on climate, warning of the melting of the Thwaites Glac
Facebook Is Giving a VR Headset to Every Employee Who Wants One
Gift Bag Facebook is reportedly providing an Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset to any employee that wants one. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new program during an internal Q&A session on Thursday, according to Alex Heath , a reporter at The Intercept. Employees will be able to buy their own VR headsets and expense them through the company, Zuckerberg said, in what’s likely a simultaneous
Piecing together the LanCL puzzle
Researchers from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology in collaboration with scientists at Oxford University have published a paper in Cell reporting the function of LanCL proteins. These proteins are found in eukaryotic cells but their function was previously unknown. The study is the first step towards understanding the importance of these ubiquitous proteins.
Indian Americans Are Stuck Between Hope and Despair
On April 15, Gargi Shindé, a 43-year-old nonprofit executive, logged onto Zoom at 5 a.m. From her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, she watched her relatives huddle around a bright-yellow body bag at a crematorium in Pune, India. They were performing the final rites for Shindé’s aunt, Vijaya, who had just died from COVID-19. All she could do was watch. The bag was almost fully zipped, revealing
A direct link between active matter and sheared granular systems [Physics]
The similarity in mechanical properties of dense active matter and sheared amorphous solids has been noted in recent years without a rigorous examination of the underlying mechanism. We develop a mean-field model that predicts that their critical behavior—as measured by their avalanche statistics—should be equivalent in infinite dimensions up to…
More than 1000 rivers account for 80% of global riverine plastic emissions into the ocean
Plastic waste increasingly accumulates in the marine environment, but data on the distribution and quantification of riverine sources required for development of effective mitigation are limited. Our model approach includes geographically distributed data on plastic waste, land use, wind, precipitation, and rivers and calculates the probability for plastic waste to reach a river and subsequently
Hippocampal maps predict context-dependent behavior
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?
Shortage of DNA building blocks in the cell releases mitochondrial DNA
Mitochondria are the energy suppliers of our body cells. These tiny cell components have their own genetic material, which triggers an inflammatory response when released into the interior of the cell. The reasons for the release are not yet known, but some cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases as well as the ageing process are linked to the mitochondrial genome. Researchers have investigated the
New Tiny Computers Could Have A Huge Impact
It seems like computers are getting smaller all the time. Now some companies are betting big on new ones that run at the atomic level — tiny machines that could have a huge impact.
Precise correction of Duchenne muscular dystrophy exon deletion mutations by base and prime editing
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a fatal muscle disease caused by the lack of dystrophin, which maintains muscle membrane integrity. We used an adenine base editor (ABE) to modify splice donor sites of the dystrophin gene, causing skipping of a common DMD deletion mutation of exon 51 (Ex51) in cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells, restoring dystrophin expression. P
Extent of human impact on the world's plant-life revealed
Research has shed new light on the impact of humans on Earth's biodiversity. The findings suggest that the rate of change in an ecosystem's plant-life increases significantly during the years following human settlement, with the most dramatic changes occurring in locations settled in the last 1500 years.
Discarded ostrich eggshells provide timeline for our early African ancestors
Dating early human middens becomes uncertain beyond 50,000 years, when radiocarbon dating ceases to be useful. Uranium-series dating of marine shells and bone is uncertain by some 10% because of the structure of these materials. A team has now improved the method for a more stable discard: ostrich eggshells. The method extends the accuracy and precision of radiocarbon 10 times into the past, to ab
What the Arab World’s Protesters Have Learned
Ten years on , it’s easy to view the Arab uprisings only as a failure. Democracy remains elusive in the Middle East, dictators are further entrenched, and wars have devastated entire countries. But amid the despair and fear, a new cohort of protesters and activists has taken to the streets since 2019, in places such as Iraq, Sudan , and Lebanon. This new generation has learned a key lesson from t
Study finds up to 24 percent of esophagectomy patients can develop VTE post-operatively
A new study presented today at the AATS 101st Annual Meeting, found that the percentage of patients undergoing esophagectomy for cancer who suffer Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) post-operatively is much higher than previously reported, with as many as 24 percent suffering from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Six-month mortality for patients with VTE was 17.6 percent compared t
1927: Militæret stærkt repræsenteret ved flyveudstilling i Kastrup
Den tid er for længst forbi, hvor tilskuerne venter i nervøs spænding på, at et skrøbeligt flyveapparat mere eller mindre ufrivilligt skal komme til vejrs for at beskrive en skælvende flugtlinje med en ret tilfældig afslutning. Nu møder man op til væddeløbskørsel i luften, skrev Ingeniøren i 1927.
Weekend reads: COVID-19 issue pulled; an author announces a retraction; FDA sanctions a company for not publishing results
Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Editor declines to correct paper with duplicated image after earlier … Continue reading
Scrivener Helps You Organize, Manage, And Write Your Passion Project
While AIs have writing boring books all sewn up , we’re counting on the humans to create the stories that transport us to new worlds, educate us about this one, and draw us more into the world around us. Yet much of writing doesn’t involve putting words to paper, and that project management can trip up even the best writers. Scrivener 3 for Mac is designed to handle all the other tasks around wri
Three ways to improve scholarly writing to get more citations
Researchers from University of Arizona and University of Utah published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that examines why most scholarly research is misinterpreted by the public or never escapes the ivory tower and suggests that such research gets lost in abstract, technical, and passive prose.
A glimmer of hope: New weapon in the fight against liver diseases
The information presented in this study is primarily positioned to benefit scientists and experts in regenerative medicine where new tools strategies to treat liver diseases are required. The evidence presented in this manuscript illustrates exploiting small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) derived from interferon-γ (IFN-γ) pre-conditioned MSCs (γ-sEVs) can be a foundational formulation for a therape
Can Single Cells Learn?
A controversial idea from the mid-20th century is attracting renewed attention from researchers developing theories for how cognition arises with or without a brain.
Depoliticizing Science
Politicians should of course consider and respect the latest research findings in crafting policy, but elected officials should honor the scientific method by letting its practitioners hash out the details of the science.
Stamping Out Science, 1948
Trofim Lysenko’s attacks on geneticists had long-term effects on Russian science and scientists, despite a lack of evidence to support his beliefs about biological inheritance.
Hybrid Animals Are Not Nature's Misfits
In the 20th century, animals such as mules and ligers that had parents of different species were considered biological flukes, but genetic sequencing is beginning to unravel the critical role of hybridization in evolution.
Nenana Ice Classic 2021
And…. it’s that time again . The clock stopped on the Nenana ice classic this afternoon (April 30, 12:50pm AT). This is pretty much on trend and unsurprising given the relatively slightly cool winter in Alaska. The jackpot on offer this year was $233,591 but will likely be shared among several winners. This year’s ‘break up’ is a little odd, since the ice moved sufficiently to trigger the clock,
The Lancet: Study confirms greater risk of poor COVID outcomes in minority ethnic groups in England
Largest study so far of more than 17 million adults in England confirms that minority ethnic groups had a higher risk of testing positive, hospitalisation, admission to intensive care units (ICU), and death from COVID-19 compared with white groups, even after accounting for other factors known to increase risk like deprivation, occupation, household size and underlying health conditions.
Save the mother, save the child
Supporting female survivors of childhood maltreatment is critical to disrupting intergenerational abuse as new research from the University of South Australia shows a clear link between parents who have suffered abuse and the likelihood of their children suffering the same fate.
This Specially Designed Coffee Alternative Is the Smarter Way to Start Your Day
If you find yourself turning to coffee for its caffeine boost only to be betrayed by an eventual caffeine crash, you’re not alone. An estimated 90-percent of Americans drink coffee regularly for it’s caffeine, an addictive stimulant known for increasing alertness and boosting energy. According to the Cleveland Clinic , it’s also the most commonly consumed psychoactive drug on Earth, with side eff
Milestone for next-gen acceleration experiment
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 now reports a breakthrough in this context. For the first time, they were able to precisely time the production of the p
Tool to predict recidivism in federal inmates could make more prisoners eligible for early release
Passed in 2018, the First Step Act sought to address re-entry challenges for inmates in the federal prison system. The legislation called for developing an assessment tool to identify inmates for release who had the lowest likelihood of recidivism. A new study assessed how the tool was developed and is used, finding that a greater proportion of inmates could reduce their risk and become eligible f
Analysis of off-target effects in CRISPR-based gene drives in the human malaria mosquito [Colloquium Papers (free online)]
CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease-based gene drives have been developed toward the aim of control of the human malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. Gene drives are based on an active source of Cas9 nuclease in the germline that promotes super-Mendelian inheritance of the transgene by homology-directed repair (“homing”). Understanding whether CRISPR-induced off-target mutations are…
Attaining the promise of plant gene editing at scale [Colloquium Papers (free online)]
Crop improvement relies heavily on genetic variation that arises spontaneously through mutation. Modern breeding methods are very adept at combining this genetic variation in ways that achieve remarkable improvements in plant performance. Novel traits have also been created through mutation breeding and transgenesis. The advent of gene editing, however, marks…
What we know about effective public engagement on CRISPR and beyond [Colloquium Papers (free online)]
Advances in gene editing technologies for human, plant, and animal applications have led to calls from bench and social scientists, as well as a wide variety of societal stakeholders, for broad public engagement in the decision-making about these new technologies. Unfortunately, there is limited understanding among the groups calling for…
CRISPR, animals, and FDA oversight: Building a path to success [Colloquium Papers (free online)]
Technological advances, such as genome editing and specifically CRISPR, offer exciting promise for the creation of products that address public health concerns, such as disease transmission and a sustainable food supply and enable production of human therapeutics, such as organs and tissues for xenotransplantation or recombinant human proteins to treat…
Revisions to USDA biotechnology regulations: The SECURE rule [Colloquium Papers (free online)]
In keeping with the directive in Executive Order 13874 (Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products) to adopt regulatory approaches that are proportionate to risk and avoid arbitrary distinctions across like products, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised its biotechnology regulations by promulgating the Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform,…
Toward the correction of muscular dystrophy by gene editing [Colloquium Papers (free online)]
Recent advances in gene editing technologies are enabling the potential correction of devastating monogenic disorders through elimination of underlying genetic mutations. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an especially severe genetic disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding dystrophin, a membrane-associated protein required for maintenance of muscle structure and function….
Hemp Flower Cigarettes Let You Quit Nicotine Before You Quit Smoking
Cigarette smoking used to be a near-ubiquitous hobby. But over the past few decades, its popularity is cratered. The public, it seems, has finally caught on to the terrible health risks associated with tobacco cigarettes. But there are still many smokers out there who are struggling to quit. Luckily, there’s a new way to try to beat an old habit: Oklahoma Smokes hemp flower cigarettes . Oklahoma
Anti-Black violence ups Black Americans’ poor mental health days
Black Americans experience an increase in poor mental health days during weeks when two or more incidents of anti-Black violence occur, according to a new study. An increase in poor mental health days also occurs when national interest surrounding the events is higher. Previous research has shown that experiencing racism, even vicariously, can harm the mental and physical health of others of the
Rules of formation of H-C-N-O compounds at high pressure and the fates of planetary ices [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]
The solar system’s outer planets, and many of their moons, are dominated by matter from the H–C–N–O chemical space, based on solar system abundances of hydrogen and the planetary ices H2O, CH4, and NH3. In the planetary interiors, these ices will experience extreme pressure conditions, around 5 Mbar at the…
Impairment of the neurotrophic signaling hub B-Raf contributes to motoneuron degeneration in spinal muscular atrophy [Neuroscience]
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a motoneuron disease caused by deletions of the Survival of Motoneuron 1 gene (SMN1) and low SMN protein levels. SMN restoration is the concept behind a number of recently approved drugs which result in impressive yet limited effects. Since SMN has already been enhanced in…
Rubisco proton production can drive the elevation of CO2 within condensates and carboxysomes [Plant Biology]
Membraneless organelles containing the enzyme ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) are a common feature of organisms utilizing CO2 concentrating mechanisms to enhance photosynthetic carbon acquisition. In cyanobacteria and proteobacteria, the Rubisco condensate is encapsulated in a proteinaceous shell, collectively termed a carboxysome, while some algae and hornworts have evol
Threshold accumulation of a constitutive protein explains E. coli cell-division behavior in nutrient upshifts [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Despite a boost of recent progress in dynamic single-cell measurements and analyses in Escherichia coli, we still lack a mechanistic understanding of the determinants of the decision to divide. Specifically, the debate is open regarding the processes linking growth and chromosome replication to division and on the molecular origin of…
Circular swimming motility and disordered hyperuniform state in an algae system [Physics]
Active matter comprises individually driven units that convert locally stored energy into mechanical motion. Interactions between driven units lead to a variety of nonequilibrium collective phenomena in active matter. One of such phenomena is anomalously large density fluctuations, which have been observed in both experiments and theories. Here we show…
Open Interview Social Experiment 1
I have a very simple question for you redditors today. That question is, "How do you think Computers have changed history and how they've been used to make other tech?" I find computers fascinating how they can be used in so many day to day things and be used as inspiration to make new technology today. The power behind computers is immense and I would like to see how some other people see these
Fishers response to temperature change reveals the importance of integrating human behavior in climate change analysis
Climate change will reshape ecological dynamics. Yet, how temperature increases alter the behavior and resource use of people reliant on natural resources remains underexplored. Consequent behavior shifts have the potential to mitigate or accelerate climate impacts on livelihoods and food security. Particularly within the small-scale inland fisheries that support approximately 10% of the global p
Inferring non-equilibrium interactions from tracer response near confined active Janus particles
Chemically active Janus particles sustain non-equilibrium spatial variations in the chemical composition of the suspending solution; these induce hydrodynamic flow and (self-)motility of the particles. Direct mapping of these fields has so far proven to be too challenging. Therefore, indirect methods are needed, e.g., deconvolving the response of "tracer" particles to the activity-induced fields.
Tim-3 adaptor protein Bat3 is a molecular checkpoint of T cell terminal differentiation and exhaustion
T cell exhaustion has been associated with poor prognosis in persistent viral infection and cancer. Conversely, in the context of autoimmunity, T cell exhaustion has been favorably correlated with long-term clinical outcome. Understanding the development of exhaustion in autoimmune settings may provide underlying principles that can be exploited to quell autoreactive T cells. Here, we demonstrate
Topography of transcriptionally active chromatin in glioblastoma
Molecular profiling of the most aggressive brain tumor glioblastoma (GBM) on the basis of gene expression, DNA methylation, and genomic variations advances both cancer research and clinical diagnosis. The enhancer architectures and regulatory circuitries governing tumor-intrinsic transcriptional diversity and subtype identity are still elusive. Here, by mapping H3K27ac deposition, we analyze the
Inside the STEM pipeline: Changes in students biomedical career plans across the college years
Researchers often invoke the metaphor of a pipeline when studying participation in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), focusing on the important issue of students who "leak" from the pipeline, but largely ignoring students who persist in STEM. Using interview, survey, and institutional data over 6 years, we examined the experiences of 921 students who persisted in
Metaform optics: Bridging nanophotonics and freeform optics
The demand for high-resolution optical systems with a compact form factor, such as augmented reality displays, sensors, and mobile cameras, requires creating new optical component architectures. Advances in the design and fabrication of freeform optics and metasurfaces make them potential solutions to address the previous needs. Here, we introduce the concept of a metaform—an optical surface that
Mitochondrial respiration controls the Prox1-Vegfr3 feedback loop during lymphatic endothelial cell fate specification and maintenance
Recent findings indicate that mitochondrial respiration regulates blood endothelial cell proliferation; however, its role in differentiating lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) is unknown. We hypothesized that mitochondria could work as a sensor of LECs’ metabolic specific needs by determining their functional requirements according to their differentiation status and local tissue microenvironment
A highly conserved 310 helix within the kinesin motor domain is critical for kinesin function and human health
KIF1A is a critical cargo transport motor within neurons. More than 100 known mutations result in KIF1A -associated neurological disorder (KAND), a degenerative condition for which there is no cure. A missense mutation, P305L, was identified in children diagnosed with KAND, but the molecular basis for the disease is unknown. We find that this conserved residue is part of an unusual 3 10 helix imm
Control of synaptic vesicle release probability via VAMP4 targeting to endolysosomes
Synaptic vesicle (SV) release probability (Pr), determines the steady state and plastic control of neurotransmitter release. However, how diversity in SV composition arises and regulates the Pr of individual SVs is not understood. We found that modulation of the copy number of the noncanonical vesicular SNARE (soluble N -ethylmaleimide–sensitive factor attachment protein receptor), vesicle-associ
Direct observation of hyperpolarization breaking through the spin diffusion barrier
Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) is a widely used tool for overcoming the low intrinsic sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging. Its practical applicability is typically bounded, however, by the so-called "spin diffusion barrier," which relates to the poor efficiency of polarization transfer from highly polarized nuclei close to paramagnetic centers to bulk nuclei. A
Optical coherence transfer mediated by free electrons
We theoretically investigate the quantum-coherence properties of the cathodoluminescence (CL) emission produced by a temporally modulated electron beam. Specifically, we consider the quantum-optical correlations of CL produced by electrons that are previously shaped by a laser field. Our main prediction is the presence of phase correlations between the emitted CL field and the electron-modulating
Single-cell analysis reveals effective siRNA delivery in brain tumors with microbubble-enhanced ultrasound and cationic nanoparticles
RNA-based therapies offer unique advantages for treating brain tumors. However, tumor penetrance and uptake are hampered by RNA therapeutic size, charge, and need to be "packaged" in large carriers to improve bioavailability. Here, we have examined delivery of siRNA, packaged in 50-nm cationic lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles (LPHs:siRNA), combined with microbubble-enhanced focused ultrasound (
The coherence of light is fundamentally tied to the quantum coherence of the emitting particle
Coherent emission of light by free charged particles is believed to be successfully captured by classical electromagnetism in all experimental settings. However, recent advances triggered fundamental questions regarding the role of the particle wave function in these processes. Here, we find that even in seemingly classical experimental regimes, light emission is fundamentally tied to the quantum
A skin-conformable wireless sensor to objectively quantify symptoms of pruritus
Itch is a common clinical symptom and major driver of disease-related morbidity across a wide range of medical conditions. A substantial unmet need is for objective, accurate measurements of itch. In this article, we present a noninvasive technology to objectively quantify scratching behavior via a soft, flexible, and wireless sensor that captures the acousto-mechanic signatures of scratching fro
Toward a more sustainable mining future with electrokinetic in situ leaching
Metals are currently almost exclusively extracted from their ore via physical excavation. This energy-intensive process dictates that metal mining remains among the foremost CO 2 emitters and mine waste is the single largest waste form by mass. We propose a new approach, electrokinetic in situ leaching (EK-ISL), and demonstrate its applicability for a Cu-bearing sulfidic porphyry ore. In laborato
The mid-Miocene Zhangpu biota reveals an outstandingly rich rainforest biome in East Asia
During the Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum [MMCO, ~14 to 17 million years (Ma) ago], global temperatures were similar to predicted temperatures for the coming century. Limited megathermal paleoclimatic and fossil data are known from this period, despite its potential as an analog for future climate conditions. Here, we report a rich middle Miocene rainforest biome, the Zhangpu biota (~14.7 Ma ago),
Slot-die coating large-area formamidinium-cesium perovskite film for efficient and stable parallel solar module
Perovskite solar cells have emerged as one of the most promising thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies and have made a strong debut in the PV field. However, they still face difficulties with up-scaling to module-level devices and long-term stability issue. Here, we report the use of a room-temperature nonvolatile Lewis base additive, diphenyl sulfoxide(DPSO), in formamidinium-cesium (FACs) pe
Antibiotic ointments may slow healing of cuts and scrapes
Over-the-counter antibiotics may actually slow, rather than enhance, the healing process for cuts, scrapes, and other minor skin lacerations, according to a new study. When you get a cut or scrape, doctors recommend that you take measures to ensure that the wound doesn’t get infected and heals properly. Many people opt to use over-the-counter medications, such as topical antibiotic ointments and
New law of physics: How robots grip wet objects
Researchers have discovered a new law of physics that accounts for the friction that occurs when robots grip wet objects. Although robotic devices are part of processes like assembly lines and medicine, engineers have a hard time accounting for this kind of friction. “Our work here opens the door to creating more reliable and functional haptic and robotic devices in applications such as telesurge
Panel finds 30-day course of VTE prophylaxis post-discharge improves outcomes
A new set of guidelines, developed by AATS and ESTS (European Society for Thoracic Surgery) presented today at the AATS 101st Annual Meeting, recommends a 30-day course of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis post-discharge for patients undergoing surgical resection for lung or esophagus cancer. The AATS and ESTS formed a multidisciplinary guideline panel that included broad membership to mini
Modifications to ERATS protocol significantly reduces post-operative opioid usage
A new study, presented today at the AATS 101st Annual Meeting, shows significant reduction in post-operative use of Schedule II opioids for pain management following robotic surgery. To address the on-going issues of opioid overuse and abuse, the study aimed to examine the use of painkillers in Enhanced Recovery After Thoracic Surgery (ERATS) protocols and determine the impact of alternative pain
How much does it itch?
Itch can be as debilitating as chronic pain. But it's a hard symptom to measure — particularly for the 10 million U.S. children with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. But now there is a soft, wearable sensor that quantifies itch by measuring scratching when placed on the hand. It allows parents and doctors to track how well itch is being controlled in patients, monitor treatment response a

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