Your Shot photographer Suyash Mehta gained a souvenir from a passing eagle in Satara, India: a long feather. India is home to nearly two dozen eagle species. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Domo Arigato In response to the so-called “labor shortage ,” companies are looking to finally replace replace workers with machines — and robotics companies couldn’t be happier to oblige. David Zapico, the CEO of robotics company Ametek Inc., told Bloomberg News that his company is “firing on all cylinders” because, as he put it, “people want to remove labor.” He’s not alone in his musings. Execu
Study says some individuals clear virus rapidly due to a strong immune response from existing T-cells, meaning tests record negative result Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage We all know that person who, despite their entire household catching Covid-19, has never tested positive for the disease. Now scientists have found an explanation, showing that a proportion of peop
Findings of Japanese study back idea that cats retain a mental representation of their owners If you’ve ever pondered whether your pet cat gives a whiskers about your whereabouts, research may have an answer: cats appear to track their owners as they move about the house and are surprised if they turn up somewhere they’re not expecting them. The finding supports the idea that cats retain a mental
A team of researchers in Japan has created a vaccine that was able to kill a type of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in macaques during an early trial, Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun reports . While becoming infected with HIV isn’t exactly great news, with the right treatment, the outlook is far better than it was when the virus first made its way to the US in the early 1980s. But treatm
Study on mice found palmitic acid promoted metastasis in mouth and skin cancers Scientists have shown how a fatty acid found in palm oil can encourage the spread of cancer, in work that could pave the way for new treatments. The study, on mice, found that palmitic acid promoted metastasis in mouth and skin cancers. In future, this process could be targeted with drugs or carefully designed eating
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04108-8 A ‘triangulation’ approach combining linguistics, archaeology and genetics suggests that the origin and spread of Transeurasian family of languages can be traced back to early millet farmers in Neolithic North East Asia.
The laws of quantum physics are not only extraordinary—they also offer some far-reaching and unique possibilities for advanced information processing, quantum computing and cryptography. So far, the basic building blocks for such quantum operations are electric circuitry in form of superconducting resonators, light in form of photons or atoms in form of ion chains. However, all these quantum syste
The end-Permian mass extinction (EPME) led to a severe terrestrial ecosystem collapse. Insects have diversified over the past approximately 400 million years and account for roughly half of the biodiversity on Earth today. However, the ecological response of insects to the EPME remains poorly understood.
(Photo: Darren Halstead/Unsplash) A metallurgist once responsible for testing the steel used on US Navy submarines has pled guilty to falsely representing the steel’s integrity for more than three decades. Elaine Marie Thomas, a 67-year-old former director of metallurgy, worked from 1985 to 2017 at a Washington foundry called Bradken that supplied steel submarine hull castings to the US Navy. Dur
Dodging Space Junk The International Space Station is preparing to maneuver out of the way of incoming space junk, which was initially created after China performed an in-orbit missile test of an anti-satellite weapon in 2007. Our space debris problem is a rapidly growing one — and the consequences becoming clearer than ever thanks to our increased presence in space. Around 3 pm Eastern time, the
Big Drop Even a drop of $50 billion in net worth isn’t throwing Elon Musk from the richest-person-in-the-world throne. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Tesla CEO’s net worth slid some $50 billion since the beginning of the week after Tesla shares plummeted an astonishing 16 percent over the same period, Insider reports . It’s a spectacular drop for any billionaire’s net worth. I
Animal thought to have caught coronavirus from owners, but experts say there is no evidence pets can pass it to humans Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Humans share many things with their dogs, from the sofa to cuddles and quality time. But it seems the list of joint experiences may also include coronavirus infections. Experts say they have detected the first case in
Who are you, really? Neuroscientist Anil Seth lays out his fascinating new theory of consciousness and self, centered on the notion that we "predict" the world into existence. From sleep to memory and everything in between, Seth explores the reality we experience in our brains — versus the world as it objectively might be. (This talk and conversation, hosted by TED science curator David Biello, w
Space startup SpinLaunch has a wild idea: instead of launching rockets vertically from the ground, why don’t we spin them inside a massive centrifuge and use that built up energy to slingshot them to high altitudes, where they can kick on relatively small rocket engines to cover the final distance into orbit? After years of media coverage and countless renders of sleek rockets, the small company
The CEO behind the world’s most popular augmented reality game believes that the metaverse is going to be a dystopian nightmare — but wants to help people build a better version of it. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, helped usher in a new generation of AR gaming with 2016’s “ Pokémon Go.” However, with the rise of Meta , along with discourse surrounding a VR metaverse reaching a fever pitch, Hanke wa
For over 20 years, physicists have had reason to feel envious of certain fictional fish: specifically, the fish inhabiting the fantastic space of M.C. Escher’s Circle Limit III woodcut, which shrink to points as they approach the circular boundary of their ocean world. If only our universe had the same warped shape, theorists lament, they might have a much easier time understanding it. Escher’s..
You can tell a lot about a group of people by what makes them angry. Consider the furious way many conservatives are reacting to the passage last week of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill backed by President Joe Biden—and then compare it with their reaction to the January 6 insurrection. [ Peter Wehner: Republicans own this insurrection ] After some House progressives refused to vote for the pack
Research finds language family that includes modern Japanese, Korean and Turkish spread largely due to agriculture A study combining linguistic, genetic and archaeological evidence has traced the origins of a family of languages including modern Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Mongolian and the people who speak them to millet farmers who inhabited a region in north-eastern China about 9,000 years a
Big Climate Deal The world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters have agreed on a framework to fight climate change. Spokesmen for the US and China made the surprise announcement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) on Wednesday, according to Reuters . The two countries reached an agreement that included setting more ambitious emissions-cutting goals, cutting down on deforestation, and dev
A couple weeks ago at my local CVS, I spied them in the wild for the very first time—Abbott BinaxNOWs, currently America’s most sought-after rapid, at-home coronavirus test, piled neatly behind the counter. With the fall and winter holidays on the way, I figured it was a good opportunity to stock up. But after I asked for a few tests to cover my multi-person household, the pharmacist plucked just
Early in the summer, when so many people felt giddy about getting back together, I was jolted with dread for the gatherings to come. The cause was an HBO documentary about the Woodstock ’99 music festival , which resulted in destructive infernos, reported sexual assaults, and three deaths. The film portrayed that catastrophe as both a product of its times—the dreams of the ’90s gone rotten—and an
This is an excerpt from The Atlantic ’s climate newsletter, The Weekly Planet. Subscribe today . For years, the nuclear-power industry has had a complaint: Why does nobody love us ? Nuclear has been, after all, the Atlas of carbon-free energy production, keeping the world hefted on its shoulders, year after year, with thousands of megawatt-hours of electricity that required burning no fossil fuel
A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has found evidence of a powerful particle accelerator in the galactic center. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their analysis of data obtained from the Fermi Large Area Telescope.
Its gurus increasingly promote vaccine scepticism, conspiracy theories and the myth that ill people have themselves to blame. How did self-care turn so nasty? Ozlem Demirboga Carr is not really into all that woo‑woo stuff. “I’m definitely a full-science kind of person,” says the 41-year-old telecoms worker from Reading. She doesn’t believe in crystals, affirmations or salt lamps. But she did find
A Canadian crypto startup is being criticized for opening a bitcoin mine in the impoverished Navajo Nation. The mine is situated on land owned by the Navajo people outside of Shiprock, New Mexico, according to Vice . The operation itself is owned and run by a Alberta-based crypto firm called WestBlock Capital, and mines between 23 and 25 bitcoins per month — the equivalent of between $1.4 and $1.
War games exercise will help prepare for the possible emergence of a lethal ‘Omega’ variant Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Israel is to conduct the world’s first national Covid drill to test the country’s readiness for an outbreak of a new and lethal variant of the virus. The drill, scheduled for Thursday, will take the format of a war games exercise and will be led
Prostate Secrets In spite of running a healthtech company, the now-infamous Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was apparently hazy on prostate physiology. This revelation, as pointed out by The Verge , comes during Holmes’ federal trial in which she was accused of defrauding investors. During his testimony on Tuesday, former Theranos lab director Kingshuk Das said that when he told Holmes that the
An international team of space researchers has learned more about the density of the Martian surface by analyzing data from the Mars InSight lander that was received during Perseverance's descent. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes their study of seismic data from InSight as Perseverance dropped heavy blocks during its descent.
If you assembled a focus group of frequent moviegoers and asked them to describe the elements of a good action film, they’d probably come up with something along the lines of Red Notice . The star-laden blockbuster, which is dropping on Netflix this week, features three A-list names, all in familiar roles: Dwayne Johnson as a tough FBI agent, Ryan Reynolds as a motormouthed art thief, and Gal Gad
I t was catnip for policy analysts: Henceforth, the Biden administration signaled recently, the U.S. government would refer to its approach to China and other adversaries by a new name. Out was the Trump-era term, great-power competition . In was strategic competition . The assessments of what it all meant poured forth. But lost in the debate was the fact that the U.S. government appeared to be t
As the days become shorter and the nights grow colder, I wanted to take one last look at the colorful beauty of this autumn, seen in cities and countryside vistas across the Northern Hemisphere. For even more autumnal goodness, check out “ Fall Is in the Air: Images of the Season ” from earlier this year.
Readers express frustration at the prime minister’s recent visit to Hexham hospital, where he failed to wear a face covering With regards to Boris Johnson’s trip to Hexham hospital, the website of the Northumbria NHS foundation trust has advice for those wishing to visit ( Boris Johnson seen maskless in hospital as cases among MPs rise, 8 November ). To paraphrase, visiting should be kept to a mi
Genomics England and NHS England findings highlight benefits of using WGS to help detect rare diseases The use of whole genome sequencing could save the NHS millions of pounds, a study suggests, after it found a quarter of people with rare illnesses received a diagnosis for their condition through the technology. In some cases, the findings have provided reassurance for families that they have no
Using data from various spacecraft, astronomers have investigated an ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar known as NGC 7793 P13. The new study, published November 1 on the arXiv pre-print server, yields essential information regarding timing and spectral properties of this source.
Short for Venus Mass Spectrometer, VMS is one of five instruments aboard the DAVINCI descent probe. Launching in 2029, DAVINCI will be the first US probe mission to enter Venus' atmosphere in over 40 years. The goal of the mission is to explore Venus to determine if it was habitable, and to understand how it ended up as inhospitable as it did.
Update your calendars, everyone: NASA isn’t going to put people on the moon in 2024. The space agency announced yesterday that it is now aiming to send a crew to orbit the moon, Apollo 8 style, in May 2024, and then land astronauts on the surface, à la Apollo 11, sometime in 2025. If your reaction to this news is something like, Wait a second, what? NASA is trying to land people on the moon again
In a new study published in Evolution, biologists laid to rest a century-old debate by confirming that a single species of frog, out of the more than 7,000 living today, has true teeth on its lower jaw. The culprit, a large marsupial frog named Gastrotheca guentheri, has puzzled scientists since its discovery in 1882 for possessing what appeared to be a complete set of jagged, daggerlike teeth on
C ave paintings. Petroglyphs. Smoke signals. Carrier pigeons. Telegraphs. The Pony Express. Airmail. Blogs. Myspace. Human modes of communication come and go, each replaced by a new technology and a faster method of delivery. But somehow, the humble newsletter survives. In an era with countless ways to reach out and bombard someone, newsletters have not only endured; they’re more popular than eve
Only half of children aged 12 and above have been vaccinated, despite vaccine being available for months When Nia Heard-Garris’s son found out the Covid vaccines were authorized for adults in the US late last year, he was thrilled, then asked, “But what about us? What about kids?” The eight-year-old is finally signed up for his first shot later this week. Even though he’s afraid of needles, he ca
Nasal bone distinguishes herbivore Brighstoneus simmondsi, whose skull was found on the Isle of Wight A new species of dinosaur with an extremely large nose has been identified by a retired GP who spent lockdown rummaging through boxes of ancient bones. Jeremy Lockwood, who is studying for a PhD at the University of Portsmouth, set himself the task of cataloguing every iguanodon bone discovered o
An international team of researchers from 41 organizations has assembled chickpea's pan-genome by sequencing the genomes of 3,366 chickpea lines from 60 countries. Led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the team identified 29,870 genes that includes 1,582 previously unreported novel genes. The research is the largest effort of its kind for any plant,
A group of scientists working at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune have for the first time unraveled the eclipse mechanisms for the millisecond pulsars in compact binary systems using the upgraded Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (uGMRT). Eclipses in millisecond pulsars have been known since the 1980's, but the exact cause of these eclipses have not been understood till now. D
The High-Luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) will dramatically increase the rate of collisions in the ATLAS experiment. While offering an opportunity for physicists to explore some of the rarest processes in the universe, the large collision rate brings new challenges—in particular, higher radiation levels and significantly more data. The ATLAS collaboration is adapting to dea
By combining two microscopy methods, EPFL researchers are able to see what is happening inside a cell and on its membrane simultaneously, giving unprecedented insight into the cellular processes that occur during infection, for example.
The announcement that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) had detected gravitational waves during the merger of two black holes sent ripples throughout the scientific community in 2016. The earthshaking news not only confirmed one of Albert Einstein's key predictions in his general theory of relativity, but also opened a door to a better understanding of the motion of bl
Lawsuit follows similar ones challenging new Biden administration rules for federal contractors and large businesses A coalition of 10 states sued the federal government on Wednesday to try to block a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers, marking a new front in the resistance by Republican-led states to the pandemic policies of President Joe Biden’s administration. The lawsuit file
A new category of planet, known as eggshell planets, which orbit distant stars, have ultra-thin crusts too thin to sustain tectonics and will be hostile to life, according to a new international study involving the University of St Andrews.
It is hoped vaccine based on similar technology to Oxford Covid jab can protect against both Zaire and Sudan species of virus The first jab of a new Ebola vaccine that may protect against multiple species of the virus is to be given on Thursday, researchers have said, with the vaccine based on similar technology to the Oxford Covid jab. Ebola haemorrhagic fever is caused by the Ebola virus and ha
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. COVID-19 breakthrough infections are inevitable. The question is how we deal with them. This summer, initial reports on breakthrough infections sent many Americans retreating back into our shells.
Using data gathered by the Large Area Telescope onboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and a stacking technique combining signals too weak to be observed on their own, researchers detected gamma rays from UFOs in several nearby galaxies for the first time, providing a basis for scientists to understand what happened in our own Milky Way galaxy.
A team of scientists has forecast the scientific impact of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope's High Latitude Wide Area Survey on critical questions in cosmology. This observation program will consist of both imaging, which reveals the locations, shapes, sizes, and colors of objects like distant galaxies, and spectroscopy, which involves measuring the intensity of light from those objects at di
Governments joined industry leaders to create the Clydebank Declaration, committing to creating zero-carbon corridors along major shipping routes – but big questions on cleaning up a heavily polluting industry remain unresolved
The first COP26 draft statement was released, with an acknowledgment of the role of fossil fuels in climate change. Plus, 24 countries and several car-makers pledged to end the sale of cars run on fossil fuels by 2040
Want a healthier love life? Get better sleep, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this episode, he explains how getting more quality shut-eye can boost fertility and vitality — plus how sex can even improve your sleep.
Screen time turns into tactile time with these Osmo kits that help kids learn math, science, literacy and more. And Live Science is scouring retail sites to spot the best Black Friday Osmo deals for 2021.
A report released last week by the Real Facebook Oversight Board, an independent watchdog group, found that among 195 Facebook pages known to distribute climate misinformation, there were an estimated 45,000 posts downplaying or denying the climate crisis, with combined views topping over a million.
On Dec. 18, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will launch from French Guiana to its destination almost a million miles from Earth. The telescope will give scientists unprecedented views of chemistry occurring throughout the universe. This information will provide new insights into how planetary systems form and whether life-sustaining conditions exist elsewhere in the universe, according to a
Duke University scientists have developed a suite of isotope-based tests that can be used to identify the origin of lead contamination in urban soils and assess the risk it poses to children who inhale or ingest contaminated dirt or dust.
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have discovered how drugs can affect various membrane-spanning proteins in addition to their intended target, potentially causing unwanted side effects. The results illuminate one of the central problems of drug discovery and point to new strategies for solving it.
Ultra-hot Jupiters—named as such because of their physical similarities to the planet Jupiter—are exoplanets that orbit stars other than the sun with temperatures so high that the molecules in their atmospheres are completely torn apart. They are among the most extreme environments in our galaxy.
If the forecast says "rain," bring an umbrella One of the more thought-provoking articles in this week's collection is Natural hazards and climate change are not drivers of disasters , by Alik Ismail-Zadeh of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. A provocative title, but it's hard to argue with the article's premise, let alone deny our deep and rich history of unsatisfactory outcomes thanks to not p
This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Lexi Smith The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case, West Virginia v. EPA , challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants. The case presents an opportunity for the Court to overturn key climate precedents and potentially change the relationship between federal agencies and Congress. The deci
Malls, restaurants and arcades in the Philippines capital are packed with children as Covid curbs ease See all our coronavirus coverage Ten-year-old Gabriel Estrella beams as he talks about T-shirts he bought on his first day out at a shopping mall after nearly two years of staying away due to coronavirus restrictions in the Philippines. “Before the pandemic, buying T-shirts used to be boring,” h
With raindrops no longer falling, this street in Beijing, China, hums back to life under the glow of neon signs. Your Shot photographer Caue Ferraz took this photo in the neighborhood around Jingshan Park, a 57-acre green space with views into the Forbidden City. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback
Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean, is a nation of tranquility, but Sandy Island takes it to another level. This speck of sand in the bright blue waters is constantly reshaped by the ocean and weather, and visitors to the cay are encouraged to make reservations. Your Shot photographer Matthew Wade captured this shot using a drone. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytellin
Your Shot photographer Hannah Overeem captured this shot of her dog, Badger, an Australian cattle dog, in Chino Hills, California. She writes that the contrast of the golden field and blue-and-white sky give this image a “surreal” look. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. J
Forged by the wear of water rushing over rocks, Olo Canyon in Arizona is concealed inside the Grand Canyon. Its alluring landscape includes natural springs and rocks shaped like cathedral amphitheaters. See more pictures from the September 2016 story " Are We Losing the Grand Canyon? "
Circus performers in Hanoi, Vietnam, prepare for the show minutes before it gets under way. Nguyen Thi Thu Hiep, shown here stretching, is a contortionist. For extra money, she also performs at private parties and social events. See more pictures from the September 2016 story " A Life at the Circus: Going in Vietnam ."
Even in a rainstorm, Paris lives up to its nickname of the City of Light, as sun streaks through storm clouds over the city in this image by Your Shot photographer Raffaele Tuzio. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Flashes of lightning illuminate the night sky above Lake Ontario, as seen from an overlook in Lyndonville, New York—located about an hour from the Canadian border at Niagara Falls. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Floods bring a mosaic of color to the rice fields of Y Ty, Vietnam. The wet season typically lasts from May to June in the mountainous village. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve. China has been creating reserves to restore and protect disappearing panda habitat and is now introducing captive-bred pandas into the wild. See more pictures from the August 2016 feature story " Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side ."
Birds gather on a rock formation—a popular attraction for both seabirds and people—at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Your Shot photographer Laurence Norah writes that it’s “a wonderful place to get the sunset … A long exposure added a slightly surreal element to the shot.” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in phot
The brightly colored lights of Shinjuku, a ward of Tokyo, Japan, glitter in this double exposure by Masayuki Yamashita. The district is a bustling hub and home to what’s known as the world’s busiest railway station: Shinjuku Station, through which millions of passengers pass daily. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments,
A whale shark—the biggest fish in the sea—swims along, “extremely curious” about his observers. Your Shot photographer David Robinson, who researches whale shark ecology, captured this image in Qatar on a day with “great visibility” in an area with waters that are usually full of plankton. Robinson's shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen . This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storyt
Your Shot member Bryan Geiger’s early morning visit to the summit area of Haleakalā volcano in Hawaii’s Haleakalā National Park yielded this extraordinary image of an otherworldly landscape. “I woke up at 3 a.m. and drove to Haleakalā summit,” Geiger writes. “As the sun came up it revealed only a white wall of mist. After a couple of hours, disappointed and cold, I decided to leave. While driving
Framing an expansive blue sky, desert buttes, and a pair of majestic horses, Your Shot member Nora Feddal captures the essence of the American West in this image made while visiting Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which extends into both Arizona and Utah. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be
By day, the water of Arizona's Havasu Falls is a remarkable, bright blue-green. In this image submitted by Jes Stockhausen, it’s a milky ribbon, illuminated at night by the light of a camper’s headlamps. “While camping in the Havasupai [Indian Reservation], you hear the roar of the falls 24/7. My friend and I went to see if we could see the stars and were blown away [by] the sheer darkness of the
Photographer Theerasak Saksritawee submitted this photo of birds taking flight in a golden sky over Taiwan’s National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The memorial, dedicated to the former president of the Republic of China, includes gardens, ponds, and this sprawling plaza, a popular spot for national celebrations. Saksritawee's shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen . This photo was submit
Photographer Graham De Lacy captured this shot of an African elephant taking a sunny-day stroll in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. “[It was] one of the many close encounters … I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing,” De Lacy writes. African elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo as
Pelicans, seen from above in this aerial shot submitted by Your Shot community member Stas Bartnikas, congregate on the Colorado River in Mexico. The social birds usually travel in flocks and are found on many of the world’s coastlines and along lakes and rivers. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback
A lacy veil of cigarette smoke encircles a man in Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. “I embarked on photography trips to inland Sarawak to seek out the native people [who] preserve their way of life,” Your Shot member Jonathan Nyik Fui Tai says. ”Many of the tribes have slowly [been] assimilated into modern society.” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelli
Spiking from inky storm clouds, a white-hot thunderbolt spears the plateau during a summer storm in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The monument comprises 300,000 unspoiled acres that cross both Arizona and Utah and contain steep cliffs, deep canyons, and sandstone formations. Rankin’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen . This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling comm
Seen from above, a small boat travels the Buriganga River, thick and dark with pollution, in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Though the water is filled with human and industrial waste, millions depend on it for their livelihood and transportation. “The Buriganga is economically very important to Dhaka,” Your Shot photographer Jakir Hossain Rana writes. “Launches and country boats provide a
Sunset splashes a rosy tint over the landscape in this image submitted by Fabrizio Fortuna. The mountain is the 1,500-foot (457-meter) Vestrahorn, a main landmark of southeastern Iceland. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
“One of the best places [to photograph] in Cairo, Egypt, is the camels market,” writes Your Shot member Nader Saadallah. “At this moment, the camels’ keepers and sellers [are] trying to push the camel into their vehicle to send it to the local market to be slaughtered to be ready for customers.” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo
“Hundreds of old cypresses guard the perimeter of Lake Camécuaro and its turquoise-colored, crystal clear water,” Javier Eduardo Alvarez writes of this photo he made of the small Mexican lake, popular for its picturesque beauty. “This place is magical.” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be publi
Sell! Sell! This past weekend, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk polled his Twitter followers on whether he should sell ten percent of his Tesla stock. “Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10 percent of my Tesla stock,” the billionaire tweeted at the time. “Do you support this?” Ultimately, 57 percent of respondents said that he should — and n
The flight to the International Space Station had been repeatedly delayed by medical issues and bad weather A SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts toward orbit Wednesday night, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years. The repeatedly delayed flight occurred just two days after SpaceX brought four other astronauts home from the International Space Station. Continue reading…
1 We Are Smothering the Planet with Our Poop The next time you go grocery shopping, look at where your food comes from. Most of it isn’t local. Strawberries come from California or Florida, asparagus from Mexico or Chile, bananas from Brazil or Ecuador. Most of the food gets shipped to us, trucked, flown, helicoptered, or whatever. We eat it and excrete it—in the same place, over and over. And th
I’m standing on an observation platform atop 24 colossal pressure cookers that belong to DC Water, the sewage treatment plant of our country’s capital. You may think that a sewage plant isn’t much to look at, but there’s a lot to take in from this observation platform. In front of me there are fields of silvery pipes stretching over massive sewage aeration tanks, where sludge percolates after it
In the annals of transportation history persists a tale of how automobiles in the early 20th century helped cities conquer their waste problems. It’s a tidy story, so to speak, about dirty horses and clean cars and technological innovation. As typically told, it’s a lesson we can learn from today, now that cars are their own environmental disaster, and one that technology can no doubt solve. The
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Life isn't always easy for small primates in the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa — foraging for food, contending with cold temperatures and fighting off rivals. A new study explores how they may weather the environmental changes ahead.
A gene-silencing therapy protected against Zika virus transmission from pregnant mice to the mouse fetuses, finds a new study. The treatment, which harnesses nanoparticles called small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) for drug delivery, crossed the placenta and blood-brain barrier to greatly reduce fetal neurological damage, including virus-induced brain shrinkage.
Cognitive training designed to focus on what's important while ignoring distractions can enhance the brain's information processing, enabling the ability to 'learn to learn,' finds a new study on mice.
Aiming to emulate the quantum characteristics of materials more realistically, researchers have figured out a way to create a lattice of light and atoms that can vibrate — bringing sound to an otherwise silent experiment.
By the end of the century, Louisiana and Florida could be twice as likely to experience two tropical storms that make landfall within nine days of each other, according to new model estimates. Being hit by two storms in quick succession gives communities and infrastructure less time to recover between disasters.
Dried snack foods such as apple chips are a convenient alternative to fresh fruit, providing longer shelf life and easier storage. Consumers increasingly demand product variety, so companies coat such snack foods with fruit and vegetable powders to enhance taste and sensory appeal. A new study explores the drying process of coated and uncoated apple chips using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to
Using data gathered by the Large Area Telescope onboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and a stacking technique combining signals too weak to be observed on their own, researchers detected gamma rays from UFOs — ultra-fast outflows — in several nearby galaxies, providing a basis for scientists to understand what happened in our own Milky Way galaxy.
How did the largest animals to ever walk the Earth dominate their environments? By doing something totally revolutionary: keeping it simple. Published in BMC Ecology and Evolution, a new study led by Postdoctoral Research Scientist and periodic dinosaur dentist Dr. Keegan Melstrom at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's Dinosaur Institute reveals that colossal sauropod dinosaurs, the
Managers looking to create social conditions that lead to open, diversified and large networks—which are known to spur innovation—should avoid implementing pay-for-performance incentives that rest on short-term and quantitative performance metrics. According to new research published in Strategic Management Journal, such pay incentives result in more closed and smaller networks in organizations, s
In this stunning spoken-word performance, poet and "freedom-forging futurist" Naima Penniman celebrates the wonders of the natural world and humanity's connection to it. "I wonder if the sun debates dawn some mornings," she says.
Mandatory Securities and Exchange Commission disclosures about the reasons behind auditor firings are useless for assessing whether restatement trouble lies ahead for the company, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.
A specific messaging strategy used in a public service announcement (PSA) video can effectively encourage New Yorkers who struggle with recycling compliance to properly separate their trash from recycling, according to the results of a University at Buffalo study.
A new international study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has examined the distribution of biomass across all life in the oceans, from bacteria to whales. Their quantification of human impact reveals a fundamental alteration to one of life's largest scale patterns.
In a geological period 469 million years ago known as the Ordovicium Period, Earth's seas were inhabited by animals like trilobites (reminiscent of pillbugs), conodonts (eel-like vertebrates) and brachiopods (animals with two-part shells reminiscent of seashells).
The ability of cells to move together in harmony is crucial for numerous biological processes in our body, for example wound healing, or the healthy development of an organism. This movement is made possible by the connections between individual cells. These connections, in turn, are established by various protein molecules which transfer the necessary forces and information between neighboring ce
Sébastien Biraud is a Berkeley Lab scientist leading an effort to identify and mitigate some of the largest emitters of methane in California's Southern San Joaquin Valley. Methane is a short-lived air pollutant and greenhouse gas capable of warming the atmosphere about 80 times as fast as the far longer-lived carbon dioxide over 20 years. This month the U.S. and European Union launched the Global
Nanoscale machinery has many uses, including drug delivery, single-atom transistor technology, or memory storage. However, the machinery must be assembled at the nanoscale, which is a considerable challenge for researchers.
On Dec. 18, NASA is set to launch its next flagship mission into space. The spacecraft, called the James Webb Space Telescope, brings a lot of risks: Its roughly 270-square-foot mirror, which will collect light streaming in from the far reaches of space, will launch folded up inside a rocket, then unfurl far from Earth.
The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) is one of the world's largest carbon markets. A new paper, published today in the journal Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, considers the benefits, costs, and policy design options of making it even bigger.
In the Namib desert—one of the driest places in the world—a tiny species of beetle climbs the dunes, leans its body toward the wind, and catches the only source of water it can: passing droplets of fog.
Discovery relies on the world of science and technology. For those with curious minds, science gifts are more than entertainment. They’re a way to understand the physical and natural environment around them. The trick is finding the right gift for the right person. Take note of your favorite science lover’s interests because science spans engineering, photography, robotics, and dozens of other fi
The people of Palau — a pristine ocean state made up of more than 300 islands in the western Pacific — warmly welcome travelers to their home every year. But the guests don't always know how to protect the country's beautiful beaches and coral atolls. Enter the Palau Pledge: an environmental pledge that's now part of visitors' visas, where they promise to "tread lightly, act kindly and explore m
Vegan chef (and head chef of TED Countdown Summit) Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that's full of texture and flavor — and good for the planet. He dishes out some creative cooking inspiration and shares how his personal journey led him to create amazing food that avoids animal suffering.
When it comes to big problems like climate change, we tend to focus on big solutions — but many of the best ideas come from people on the ground, facing day-to-day conservation battles. Sharing her effort to protect the Leseur ecosystem in Indonesia (the last place on Earth where the Sumatran rhino, tiger, elephant and orangutan still roam together in the wild), TED Fellow and conservationist Far
As a diver in the 1970s, marine ecologist Enric Sala saw once-lush oceanscapes reduced to underwater deserts — but later, in marine preserves across the globe, he also witnessed the ocean's power to rejuvenate itself when left to its own natural devices. Could rewilding the planet help us restore biodiversity and reduce the impacts of climate change? Sala presents the 30×30 initiative: a global p
Africa needs new energy sources to fuel its development, but the continent should invest in renewable energy instead of cheap, polluting alternatives like coal, says climate inclusion activist Chibeze Ezekiel. He tells the story of how he worked with local communities in Ghana to halt the construction of the country's first coal power plant — and encouraged the government to prioritize investment
Researchers have discovered how drugs can affect various membrane-spanning proteins in addition to their intended target, potentially causing unwanted side effects. The results illuminate one of the central problems of drug discovery and point to new strategies for solving it.
Researchers have developed a technology that can produce carbon-neutral transportation fuels from sunlight and air. Now, in a Nature paper, they demonstrate the stable and reliable operation of the solar mini-refinery under real on-sun conditions. And they show a way to introduce solar fuels to the market without additional carbon taxes. For the past two years, researchers led by Aldo Steinfeld,
Medical science is a key step closer to the cryopreservation of brain slices used in neurological research, pancreatic cells for the treatment of diabetes and even whole organs thanks to a new computer model that predicts how tissue's size will change during the preservation process.
Radiotherapy may explain why childhood cancer survivors often develop metabolic disease, according to new research. A spectrum of conditions that includes coronary heart disease and diabetes, cardiometabolic disease typically affects people who are obese, elderly, or insulin resistant. For reasons yet unknown, young, seemingly healthy adults who survived childhood cancer are also at risk. The new
Usually diagnosed in children, teens and young adults, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-secreting beta-cells in the pancreas. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes can't regulate their blood sugar levels and require insulin treatment for survival. Now, researchers have reversed new-onset type 1 diabetes in mice with pyramid-like DN
A doctoral student has confirmed that the cross-polar jet, a well-known wind in the upper atmosphere, sometimes inexplicably stops or is deflected or reversed when it reaches the region above Alaska. The finding upends previous understanding.
By triangulating data from linguistics, archaeology and genetics, a new study by an international team of researchers proposes a 'Farming Hypothesis' for the spread of Transeurasian languages, tracing the origins of Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic to the movements of Neolithic millet farmers from the region of the West Liao River.
Worldwide, millions of people follow vegan and vegetarian diets for religious, ethical, environmental or economic reasons. While these diets have purported health benefits, they can also lack essential nutrients, such as vitamins B12 and D3, if not well-planned or supplemented correctly. Now, researchers have packed a strawberry-flavored gummy with these vitamins, formulating it without any animal
Human-caused bird extinctions are driving losses of functional diversity on islands worldwide, and the gaps they leave behind are not being filled by introduced (alien) species, finds a new study led by UCL and University of Gothenburg researchers.
Researchers at Stockholm University have provided the first experimental evidence that brain regions can evolve independently of each other during cognitive evolution. This so called mosaic brain evolution was verified empirically in an artificial selection experiment with guppies (Poecilia reticulata) where telencephalon size (but no other regions) differed by 10 percent after only four generatio
An analysis of data from four U.S. states suggests that Black people may be more likely than white people to be nonfatally shot and injured by police in these states, and these disparities are greater than seen for fatal police shootings. Justin Nix of the University of Nebraska Omaha and John Shjarback of Rowan University in New Jersey present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on
Compared to peers at public schools, adolescents who are homeschooled are more likely to report greater character strengths and fewer risky health behaviors later in life, but are less likely to attain a college degree, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tyler VanderWeele of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US, and colleagues.
An effort to reconstruct Earth's climate since the last ice age, about 24,000 years ago, highlights the main drivers of climate change and how far out of bounds human activity has pushed the climate system.
Human neurons have a lower density of ion channels than expected, compared to neurons of other mammals, according to a new study. The researchers hypothesize that a lower channel density may have helped the human brain evolve to operate more efficiently.
Researchers have developed a tiny robot that mimics the movement of a starfish larva. Among scientists, there is great interest in tiny machines that are set to revolutionize medicine. These microrobots , often only a fraction of the diameter of a hair, are made to swim through the body to deliver medication to specific areas and perform the smallest surgical procedures. Natural microorganisms su
Försäkringskassans krav på sjukintyg och vad som krävs för att en person ska beviljas sjukpenning har diskuterats i flera år. I en ny avhandling beskrivs hur läkare använder list och slughet för att maximera chansen att patientens sjukskrivning beviljas. Det kan till exempel handla om att göra patienternas egen berättelse till medicinsk bedömning. − Som läkare vet man att Försäkringskassan gör be
Choosing more expensive colleges may seem like an unwise financial decision considering a large student debt burden after graduation. However, new research led by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business demonstrates that avoiding such colleges can lead to bigger financial problems in the long run.
As the impacts of climate change become more severe and limits to adaptation draw near, vulnerable communities will need different kinds of finance to build resilience and transform how they protect themselves. Work by IIASA researchers has culminated in a new policy brief, which lays out a finance framework for such climate risk and provides relevant model insight to inform international debates
Eukaryotic plankton are an essential and highly diverse component of marine ecosystems. A research team has established their global geographic distribution using DNA data and a probabilistic model. The study highlights large variations in geographic structure between plankton groups depending on their diversity, body size, and ecology, which can be linked to variations in sensitivity to local env
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03074-5 Drugs like molnupiravir and Paxlovid could change the course of the pandemic if clinical trial results hold up in the real world.
Over the past decade, several extreme heat waves and heat domes have had a catastrophic impact on society and the biosphere. In 2021, all regions of the northern hemisphere have been affected. In late June and July, we saw simultaneous extreme heat waves in the Pacific Northwest, persistent heat waves in Siberia that fueled massive wildfires, and temperatures and humidity in Pakistan, northern Ind
Building better air filters could help head off the next pandemic. At the 74th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, scientists will present the latest results on how future face masks may work, what happens when masks get wet, and why improper mask usage can sometimes be worse than no mask at all.
Despite effective vaccines, it has become clear that SARS-CoV-2 will not fully disappear anytime soon. At the 74th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, physicists and engineers will present innovative ways to avoid clouds of coronavirus whether waiting in line, going to class, listening to the opera, or encountering people elsewhere.
Given that mining to extract high-grade mineral ores is wastefully energy intensive, exhaustible, and bad for the environment, scientists have been scouting for alternatives. A group of Korean researchers, led by Professor Myoung-Jin Kim, from Korea Maritime and Ocean University, have now succeeded in extracting high-quality minerals from just seawater. Specifically, they have achieved the extract
The Snowman Nebula is an emission nebula that resides in the constellation Puppis in the southern sky, about 6,000 light-years away from Earth. Emission nebulae are diffuse clouds of gas that have become so charged by the energy of nearby massive stars that they glow with their own light. The radiation from these massive stars strips electrons from the nebula's hydrogen atoms in a process called i
A new study found patterns could be identified in patients who wear a special wristwatch monitoring device for six to 12 months, allowing about 30 minutes of warning before a seizure occurred. This worked well most of the time for five of six patients studied.
The amount and types of proteins our cells produce tell us important details about our health. Researchers have shown that it is possible to identify individual proteins with single-amino acid resolution and nearly 100% accuracy. Their method uses nanopores — engineered openings that generate an electrical signal when molecules are pulled through by a specific enzyme.
Strange 'eggshell planets' are among the rich variety of exoplanets possible, according to a study. These rocky worlds have an ultra-thin outer brittle layer and little to no topography. Such worlds are unlikely to have plate tectonics, raising questions as to their habitability. Planetary geologists have said at least three such worlds found during previous astronomical surveys may already be kno
The thickness of growth marks in primary (or 'baby') teeth may help identify children at risk for depression and other mental health disorders later in life, according to a ground-breaking investigation.
The best pet cameras allow you to have a private feed of pet antics on tap whenever you need a break at the office, and even control the action through voice commands, treat catapults, and play features. While these clever devices aren’t going to unearth the secrets of a clandestine outdoor adventure with the hand-held art-cinema style of Bill Morrison’s A Trip to the Beach , they make checking i
A draft UN climate summit text Wednesday urged countries to boost their emissions cutting goals by 2022—three years earlier than planned—as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson dashed back to Glasgow to check the pulse of negotiations.
Several countries and companies announced plans Wednesday to stop selling cars that run on gasoline or diesel over the next two decades, as part of efforts to clamp down on a significant source of planet-warming emissions.
Governments are considering calling for pulling the plug on coal power, the single biggest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, according to a draft deal under negotiation in U.N. climate talks.
Scientists at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research have simultaneously read out the signal of 37 TES pixels at a resolution of 2.2 eV for X-rays (6 keV). It is the first time that a simultaneous readout fulfills the requirements for future space telescopes at the level of Athena in terms of both number of pixels and energy resolution. In 2020, SRON already set a world record of 1.3 eV ene
Pheromones are potent molecules that mediate communications between animals and even between humans. Usually, a sender animal synthesizes and excretes pheromones to the environment; pheromones are detected by a receiver animal and elicit dramatic changes in the development, growth, metabolism, and sex behavior of the receiver animal. In a paper published in Science China Life Sciences, scientists
The nature of El Niño—a warming of tropical waters in the Pacific Ocean that can lead to heavier-than-usual rain and snowfall in California during the state's winter wet season—has changed in recent years.
Mapping and Assessment for Integrated Ecosystem Accounting promotes the mainstreaming of natural capital accounting (NCA) in EU member states and Norway. The main methodological basis of the project is the System of Environmental Economic Accounting—Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EA).
New frontiers have opened in the world of preventing data breaches by using light of two different wavelengths—visible and infrared light. This is achieved by using a new material called a metasurface that makes extreme use of properties of light. Using this technology, security is enhanced by storing information that needs to be concealed separately.
The exact angular alignment of sample materials for the determination of their physical properties under extreme conditions is often difficult. Engineer Stefan Findeisen and physicist Dr. Hannes Kühne from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have developed the "Rotax," a filigree two-axis rotator that can do just that. Now, the device is ready to conquer the market.
Minority neighborhoods in rural New York experienced a disproportionately greater improvement in air quality compared to other neighborhoods, according to new research conducted at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04029-6 An all-in-one methodology for fabricating soft robotics reported here uses interfacial flows in elastomers that cure to produce actuators that can be tailored to suit applications from artificial muscles to grippers.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03984-4 Paleoclimate datasets are integrated with a climate model to reconstruct global surface temperature since the Last Glacial Maximum, showing sustained warming until the mid-Holocene.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03937-x Numerical subduction models used to determine the consequences of bending-induced plate damage show that slab weakening and segmentation can occur at the outer-rise region of the subducting plate.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04072-3 Analyses of layer 5 cortical pyramidal neurons in 10 mammalian species show that human neurons are distinct in that they do not follow the expected allometric relationship between neuron size and membrane conductance.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03923-3 Propene is obtained through propane dehydrogenation using catalysts that are toxic, expensive or demanding to regenerate with ecologically harmful compounds, but the ZnO-based alternative reported here is cheap, clean and scalable.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04084-z Cryo-electron microscopy structures of the HER2–HER3–NRG1β complex reveal a dynamic HER2–HER3 interface and explain the mechanism for the activating HER2 cancer mutations.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04075-0 Palmitic acid induces stable transcriptional and chromatin changes that lead to long-term stimulation of metastasis in orthotopic models of cancer through the secretion by tumour-associated Schwann cells of a specialized proregenerative extracellular matrix, the ablation of which inhibits metastasis initiation.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04070-5 Studies in mice show that cognitive control training rapidly improves brain circuit function and enhances subsequent learning, which both persist for months.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04066-1 Whole-genome sequencing of 3,171 cultivated and 195 wild chickpea accessions is used to construct a chickpea pan-genome, providing insight into chickpea evolution and enabling breeding strategies that could improve crop productivity.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03945-x An optical lattice for trapping a Bose–Einstein condensate reported here includes photon-mediated atom–atom interactions that replicate acoustic modes in real crystals.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04030-z Structural studies on Scytonema hofmanni CRISPR-associated transposon protein complexes indicate a mechanism for RNA-guided DNA transposition involving Cas12k, TnsC and TnsB.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04054-5 MORC3 is revealed as an essential negative regulator of the anti-viral interferon response that functions in an innate immune pathway that detects viral virulence factors.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04083-0 The symbiotic gut bacterium Bacteroides fragilis produces unique α-galactosylceramides from host dietary branched-chain amino acids, which are presented as CD1d ligands and immunomodulate natural killer T cells.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04071-4 In the post-mitotic nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans, the promotion of a mature neuronal transcription program is controlled by the developmental-stage-specific upregulation of the microRNA LIN-4 and the subsequent repression of its target, the transcription factor lin-14.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03037-w A triangulation of linguistic, archaeological and genetic data suggests that the Transeurasian language family originated in a population of grain farmers in China around 9,000 years ago, and that agriculture underpinned its spread.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03011-6 Palaeoclimate data and models have been used to produce a comprehensive report of Earth’s temperature changes over the past 24 millennia. The results suggest that modern warming differs from the gradual rise of the past 10,000 years.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03052-x With a push from students and alumni, the university faced up to a legacy of support for eugenics. As it renames buildings and programmes, can its story serve as a model for others?
It’s official: NASA boss Bill Nelson says the mission to return humans to the Moon is delayed by a year — and, he said, it’s mostly Jeff Bezos’ fault. During a press conference yesterday, Nelson gave an update on the ambitious plan to return astronauts to the lunar surface . Unfortunately, he said that the agency is now pushing a crewed lunar landing to 2025 rather than the originally planned 202
The origin and early dispersal of Transeurasian languages, including, among others, Japanese, Korean, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic, is among the most disputed issues of Asian prehistory. Although many of the commonalities between these languages are due to borrowing, recent studies have shown a reliable core of evidence supporting the classification of Transeurasian as a genealogical group, or a
Korean media has reached the pinnacle of global success by providing easy access to content, approachable and likable characters, and high-quality production, says scholar Dafna Zur. South Korea is a country slightly larger than the US state of Indiana. It has a population of 50 million. And yet its popular culture has gone global. In just the past few months, the television series Squid Game sma
Scientific Reports, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-01675-8 Author Correction: Integrated study on the comprehensive magnetic-field configuration performance in the 150 kW superconducting magnetoplasmadynamic thruster
Scientific Reports, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-01793-3 Author Correction: Human m 6 A-mRNA and lncRNA epitranscriptomic microarray reveal function of RNA methylation in hemoglobin H-constant spring disease
Many scientific claims about differences between males and females aren’t backed by data, research finds. An analysis of published studies from a range of biological specialties shows that, when researchers report data by sex, critical statistical analyses are often missing and the findings are likely to be reported in misleading ways. The analysis appears in the journal eLife . Neuroscientists a
In response to two November 2021 articles in The Scientist that called out preprints as a source of medical misinformation, the cofounders of bioRxiv and medRxiv say it’s not the publishing model that’s at fault.
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Most people know that the land masses on which we all live represent just 30 percent of Earth’s surface, and the rest is covered by oceans. The emergence of the continents was a pivotal moment in the history of life on Earth, not least because they are the humble abode of most humans. But it’s still not clear exactly when these continental landmasses first appeared on Earth, and what tectonic pro
Nästan varannan kvinna med diabetes typ 1 har sexproblem. Många lider också av obehandlad depression, visar en av få studier om hur kvinnors sexliv påverkas av diabetes typ 1. Sexproblem är en väldokumenterad komplikation till diabetes hos män. Men forskning om hur kvinnors sexliv påverkas av olika diabetestyper är mycket begränsad. Nu publiceras den första nordiska studien som undersöker sexprob
The inside of a cell is a busy, crowded place—full of proteins and other molecules colliding as they swirl through the cytosol, the fluid that fills the cell. The interactions between these molecules drive the cell's activities. But when scientists study these interactions, they use a highly simplified system that doesn't capture the complexity.
In a recent study published in Journal of Ecology, researchers have shown that seed-handling ability had the biggest effect on a disperser's importance. It had strong effects on three network metrics (species strength, ecological specialization, capacity to be a module hub) and moderated effects on connectivity between modules.
Synaptonemal complex (SC) assembly between paired homologous chromosomes plays a vital role in ensuring correct homologous recombination during meiosis. However, the mechanisms underlying the genetic regulation of SC assembly remain unclear.
A team of astronauts, engineers and geologists is traveling to Spain's Canary Islands, one of Europe's volcanic hot spots, to learn how to best explore the Moon and Mars during ESA's Pangaea geological training course.
Guoan Zheng, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has developed a new sensor technology that can perform large-scale microbial monitoring with high spatiotemporal resolution and high sensitivity.
The Global Carbon Project recently published its 2021 Global Carbon Budget report, providing data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. University of Illinois Urban-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain was part of an international team of scientists that contributed data to the report. Jain discussed the carbon budget and this year's findings with News Bureau ph
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in France has found that vagrancy may play a more important role in changes to migration patterns in birds than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Current Biology, the group describes their study of data describing the migration patterns of Richard's pipit, a type of songbird that migrates between parts of northern R
On the second day of COP 26 in Glasgow, Kyrgyz leader Sadyr Japarov made an ambitious statement in the framework of the Paris Agreement on climate change asking for help from international organizations. He also mentioned glacier issues which are the most challenging now in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, small glaciers in the country are in danger of disappearing by 2050. The loss of glaciers is having a
The majority of employees in New Zealand are confident their organizations are honest and there is no misconduct at work, but their line managers don't always explain the importance of honesty and ethics in the work they are leading.
High-resolution satellites have detected substantial quantities of methane leaking from adjacent landfill sites close to the center of Madrid, Spain. Using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission combined with GHGSat's high-resolution commercial imagery, scientists from the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research and GHGSat discovered both landfill sites combined emitted 8,800 kg of met
The news that all staff members at a small King Country school were still unvaccinated a week out from the government's November 15 mandatory deadline underlines how challenging the weeks ahead might be.
Former US president Barack Obama took specific aim at Russia at the Glasgow COP26 climate talks this week. According to Obama, the fact Russian President Vladimir Putin (as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping) declined to attend the conference reflects "a dangerous absence of urgency, a willingness to maintain the status quo" on climate action.
Sun, surf, sand, sea—and public sex with strangers. These five S's are a key part of tourism in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago west of Morocco. Unfortunately, what's fun for humans can be bad for wildlife.
Spring, especially the freeze-thaw season, is considered the key period for the growth and carbon sequestration of desert mosses. It is not clear how the change in environment water and temperature affects the physiological characteristics of desert mosses in freeze-thaw season.
Researchers have found that people may not recognize that their dog is stressed when exposed to common household noises. While it’s well established that sudden loud noises, such as fireworks or thunderstorms, commonly trigger a dog’s anxiety, the new study finds even common noises, such as a vacuum or microwave, can be a trigger. The research in Frontiers in Veterinary Science shows that high-fr
People who spent more time sitting during early months of the COVID-19 pandemic from April to June 2020 were likely to have higher depression symptoms, a new study shows. A closer investigation into this association could play a role in helping people improve their mental health. As people adhered to stay-at-home orders or self-isolated during the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, daily comm
Till skillnad från Danmark, Norge och Finland har Sverige aldrig haft en kvinnlig statsminister, trots att länderna har ungefär samma förutsättningar sett till jämställdhet inom politiken och samhället. F&F ställer fem frågor till Lena Wängnerud, professor i statsvetenskap vid Göteborgs universitet.
Hårt arbetstempo, höga känslomässiga krav och lågt inflytande – så upplever barnmorskor i Sverige sin arbetsmiljö. – Det verkar inte röra sig om brist på barnmorskor i Sverige utan en brist på hållbara arbetsförhållanden och ett hållbart arbetsliv, säger Malin Hansson, doktorand på institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa vid Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborgs universitet. Arbetsmiljön sämre än hos
A fossil elephant cranium from Kenya weighs roughly two tons and reveals adaptations that let its species, Loxodonta adaurora, outcompete others. It lived in eastern Africa several million years ago, a time when a cooler, drier climate allowed grasslands to spread and when habitually bipedal human ancestors first appeared on the landscape. Dated to 4.5 million years ago and recovered from a site
I hear again and again that technology is neutral and can be used positively or negatively, depending on human decision. If we understand how the genetic code consists of only four letters, encodes the whole biological world, evolved into mathematical code that now encodes the virtual world, and more than we see how the virtual integrates the biological, it is quite possible that technology does
Students who participated in universal school-based depression screening were twice as likely to begin treatment compared to their peers who did not receive this screening, according to a new study The study provides important insights on how to tackle depression in youth, says principal investigator Deepa Sekhar, associate professor of pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine. The next s
Hvis lægerne overlader konsultationsrummet i almen praksis til sygeplejerskerne, kan det være til gavn for både patienter og arbejdsmiljø, mener praksislæge Søren Olsson. Hos Lægerne Sløjfen i Aalborg er det derfor sygeplejerskerne, der står for de fleste konsultationer, mens lægerne superviserer.
PLUS. Befolkningen vil ikke have lavere vandpriser, hvis det går ud over kvaliteten – de vil tværtimod gerne betale mere for at sikre renheden. Vandmiljø og badevandskvalitet ligger også danskerne meget på sinde, viser ny rundspørge.
Fire forskningsenheder for almen praksis står bag et nyt nationalt initiativ, VID, som skal samle, omsætte og implementere viden og værktøjer til kvalitetsudvikling samt evaluere implementeringsindsatser i almen praksis. Det treårige projekt støttes med op til 10 mio. kr. fra Kræftens Bekæmpelse.
As the UK and other countries face some of the worst days of the COVID-19 health crisis, the economic crisis may seem far off or even averted. But the measures taken to support economies battered by lockdown and other restrictions will eventually have to be paid for.
The funding model for Texas K-12 education relies heavily on the state's energy sector—specifically its fossil fuel industry—potentially hurting schools amid the shift toward low-carbon and renewable energy, according to research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
One in 10 Houston-area high schoolers who change schools during the academic year end up dropping out, a rate 40% higher than peers who do not change schools, according to a new study released today by the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC).
Transforming a run-down waterside park in Plymouth into a high-quality open air theater and play area has led to higher wellbeing and life satisfaction among residents and visitors, new research shows.
Nature, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03078-1 The onslaught of COVID-19 has generated millions of tonnes of plastic waste in the form of gloves, face masks and other items.
Selvom Facebook-sider er udbredte blandt danske virksomheder og myndigheder, vurderer vores naboer i Norge, at man ikke kan være GDPR-compliant, samtidig med at man bruger platformen. Det skaber for høj en risiko for borgeres databeskyttelse.
A major collaborative research project between La Trobe University, Monash University's XYX Lab, and RMIT has today released a series of gender-sensitive Toolkits to improve the safety of women and girls on public transport.
Selvom Danmark er blandt de lande, hvor der er størst chance for at overleve et hjertestop, er der stadig potentiale for at forbedre indsats og behandling. En mere omfattende database, der også indsamler data fra behandling på hjertecentre, kan give værdifuld viden.
Nature, Published online: 09 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03387-5 “We dared to ask: what if we just give everything away?” Plus, scammers impersonate guest editors to get sham papers published, and the world’s climate pledges might be built on flawed data.
A group of neurosurgery researchers in Tunisia have lost a 2021 case study on childhood meningitis after the editors discovered evidence of plagiarism and image manipulation. The article, “A case of meningitis due to Achromobacter xylosoxidans in a child with a polymalformative syndrome: a case report,” appeared in the Pan African Medical Journal and was … Continue reading
Kvinnors vetenskapliga karriär kan hämmas i samband med att de skaffar barn, visar tidigare forskning. Nu ska frågan redas ut ordentligt i ett sexårigt forskningsprojekt – som också ska ge förslag på lösningar.
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26601-4 Knowing how individual water molecules interact with surfaces is crucial for understanding surface and interface phenomena. Here, the authors show how local water-water interactions enable an unforeseen and surprisingly rapid mechanism of atom exchange between a common mineral and its surroundings.
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26797-5 There is a strong disagreement between climate models on how precipitation in California will change. Here, the authors show that much of this uncertainty originates from internal variability with the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation linking the precipitation changes with the El Niño-like warming pattern thr
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26536-w Follistatin promotes in type 2 diabetes (T2D) pathogenesis in model animals and is elevated in patients with T2D. Here the authors report that plasma follistatin associates with increased risk of incident T2D in two longitudinal cohorts, and show that follistatin regulates insulin-induced suppression lipolys
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26673-2 The human 2-oxoglutarate (2OG) oxygenases FIH and AspH are relevant drug targets. Here, the authors show that synthetic and naturally occurring 2OG derivatives can selectively modulate FIH and AspH activities, suggesting that these compounds may serve as a basis to develop 2OG oxygenase-targeting probes and
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26685-y Metabolic reprogramming occurs during tumor progression. Here the authors decipher metabolic trajectories from preneoplasia to lung adenocarcinoma in tumor samples and identify plasma metabolites as potential predictive biomarkers for early detection.
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26254-3 A deep neural network is developed to automatically extract ground deformation from Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar time series. Applied to data over the North Anatolian Fault, the method can detect 2 mm deformation transients and reveals a slow earthquake twice as extensive as previously recognized
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26652-7 Surface plasmon resonance is well established for biosensing applications, but commonly limited by complex optical detection. Here, the authors present a plasmonic sensor integrated in a photovoltaic cell, which generates an electronic signal sensitive to the solution refractive index via plasmon interaction
Nature Communications, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26417-2 Most applications of aggregation-induced emission luminogens (AIEgens) have been limited in small animal models. Here, the authors show the versatility of AIEgens-based imaging-guided surgical operation from small animals to rhesus macaque, in support of the clinical translation of AIEgens.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03049-6 Earlier generations faced fallout from the global financial crisis and a boost from emerging economies. Today, COVID-19 and concerns about diversity dominate.
Nature, Published online: 10 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03040-1 As the pandemic continues, researchers are coming to terms with what they’ve learnt and lost so far, finds Nature’s global survey.
Four lions at a Singapore wildlife park have tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into contact with infected zookeepers, and have symptoms including coughing and sneezing, officials said Wednesday.
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