Previously unknown letter reveals Einstein's thinking on bees, birds and physics

Previously unknown letter reveals Einstein's thinking on bees, birds and physics
Added 12 hours ago
Summary: The 1949 letter by the physicist and Nobel laureate discusses bees, birds and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $DNOW

There may be up to 70 times more hydrogen in Earth's core than in the oceans

There may be up to 70 times more hydrogen in Earth's core than in the oceans
Added a day ago
Summary: High-temperature and high-pressure experiments involving a diamond anvil and chemicals to simulate the core of the young Earth demonstrate for the first time that hydrogen can bond strongly with iron in extreme conditions. This explains the presence of significant amounts of hydrogen in the Earth's core that arrived as water from bombardments billions of years ago.
Sentiment: positive
6 minute read
1 people have read this
Stocks: $TISI
Cryptos: $DMD

Perseverance's robotic arm starts conducting science

Perseverance's robotic arm starts conducting science
Added a day ago
Summary: NASA's newest Mars rover is beginning to study the floor of an ancient crater that once held a lake.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $TISI
Cryptos: $Mars

No connection between father-son relationships, adherence to masculine norms

No connection between father-son relationships, adherence to masculine norms
Added a day ago
Summary: A team of researchers at Federation University in Australia has found that there is no connection between the relationship boys have with their father as they grow up and their adherence to masculine norms later on in life. In their paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences the group describes developing a questionnaire aimed at assessing views on masculinity and the type of relationship a person had with their father and administering it to male volunteers.
Sentiment: negative
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2 people have read this
Stocks: $TISI

How to thermally cloak an object

How to thermally cloak an object
Added a day ago
Summary: Can you feel the heat? To a thermal camera, which measures infrared radiation, the heat that we can feel is visible, like the heat of a traveler in an airport with a fever or the cold of a leaky window or door in the winter.
Sentiment: positive
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Researchers find target to fight antibiotic resistance

Researchers find target to fight antibiotic resistance
Added a day ago
Summary: Gram-negative bacteria are the bane of health care workers' existence.
Sentiment: negative
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1 people have read this
Stocks: $EBF$TISI

Nearly a fifth of Earth's surface transformed since 1960

Nearly a fifth of Earth's surface transformed since 1960
Added a day ago
Summary: Whether it's turning forests into cropland or savannah into pastures, humanity has repurposed land over the last 60 years equivalent in area to Africa and Europe combined, researchers said Tuesday.
Sentiment: negative
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2 people have read this
Cryptos: $CEL

String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers

String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers
Added 4 days ago
Summary: A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others— mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers— lamenting the industrialization of space.
Sentiment: positive
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1 people have read this
Stocks: $DNOW
Cryptos: $UNI$SLNV2

Animals laugh too, analysis of vocalization data suggests

Animals laugh too, analysis of vocalization data suggests
Added 5 days ago
Summary: Human laughter is common, but it's a somewhat mysterious part of our evolution. It's clear to evolutionary scholars that we laugh as a part of play, signaling our cooperation or friendliness. But how did laughter evolve? And are humans the only ones who do it?
Sentiment: positive
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Plastic pollution in the deep sea: A geological perspective

Plastic pollution in the deep sea: A geological perspective
Added 9 days ago
Summary: A new focus article in the May issue of Geology summarizes research on plastic waste in marine and sedimentary environments. Authors I.A. Kane of the Univ. of Manchester and A. Fildani of the Deep Time Institute write that "Environmental pollution caused by uncontrolled human activity is occurring on a vast and unprecedented scale around the globe. Of the diverse forms of anthropogenic pollution, the release of plastic into nature, and particularly the oceans, is one of the most recent and visib
Sentiment: negative
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Stocks: $DNOW
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Physicists reveal how motion can be generated by frustration

Physicists reveal how motion can be generated by frustration
Added 10 days ago
Summary: When two people want different things, frustration is inevitable. But these non-reciprocal interactions can also occur not just between people, but in the natural world.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $TISI

'Impossible to adapt': Surprisingly fast ice-melts in past raise fears about sea level rise

'Impossible to adapt': Surprisingly fast ice-melts in past raise fears about sea level rise
Added 15 days ago
Summary: Studies of ancient beaches and fossilised coral reefs suggest sea levels have the potential to rise far more quickly than models currently predict, according to geologists who have been studying past periods of warming.
Sentiment: positive
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3 people have read this
Stocks: $DNOW

The effects of solar flares on Earth's magnetosphere

The effects of solar flares on Earth's magnetosphere
Added 20 days ago
Summary: Planet Earth is surrounded by a system of magnetic fields known as the magnetosphere. This vast, comet-shaped system deflects charged particles coming from the sun, shielding our planet from harmful particle radiation and preventing solar wind (i.e., a stream of charged particles released from the sun's upper atmosphere) from eroding the atmosphere.
Sentiment: negative
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1 people have read this
Cryptos: $XVS$JUP

UK waters are home again to the bluefin tuna

UK waters are home again to the bluefin tuna
Added 23 days ago
Summary: Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn months.
Sentiment: positive
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1 people have read this
Cryptos: $UTED

Lipid research may help solve COVID-19 vaccine challenges

Lipid research may help solve COVID-19 vaccine challenges
Added a month ago
Summary: New research by University of Texas at Dallas scientists could help solve a major challenge in the deployment of certain COVID-19 vaccines worldwide—the need for the vaccines to be kept at below-freezing temperatures during transport and storage.
Sentiment: positive
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First X-rays from Uranus discovered

First X-rays from Uranus discovered
Added a month ago
Summary: Astronomers have detected X-rays from Uranus for the first time, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result may help scientists learn more about this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $JUP$URAC

Century-old problem solved with first-ever 3D atomic imaging of an amorphous solid

Century-old problem solved with first-ever 3D atomic imaging of an amorphous solid
Added a month ago
Summary: Glass, rubber and plastics all belong to a class of matter called amorphous solids. And in spite of how common they are in our everyday lives, amorphous solids have long posed a challenge to scientists.
Sentiment: positive
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No one has been murdered in Norway so far this year

No one has been murdered in Norway so far this year
Added a month ago
Summary: Seven murders were registered during the first three months of last year, the same number as the year before.
Sentiment: negative
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'Biodegradable' plastic will soon be banned in Australia—that's a big win for the environment

'Biodegradable' plastic will soon be banned in Australia—that's a big win for the environment
Added 2 months ago
Summary: To start dealing with Australia's mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $SSTK

Antarctica's magnetic link to ancient neighbors

Antarctica's magnetic link to ancient neighbors
Added 2 months ago
Summary: For the first time, an international team of scientists has used magnetic data from ESA's Swarm satellite mission together with aeromagnetic data to help reveal the mysteries of the geology hidden beneath Antarctica's kilometers-thick ice sheets, and link Antarctica better to its former neighbors.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $SWM

Fossil forests under Antarctic ice

Fossil forests under Antarctic ice
Added 2 months ago
Summary: In around 1833 the first specimens of fossilized wood from Antarctica were reported by surgeon, naturalist and artist James Eights.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $GIB

Bird believed extinct for 170 years spotted in Borneo

Bird believed extinct for 170 years spotted in Borneo
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A team of researchers from Indonesia and Singapore has found evidence of the continued existence of a bird long thought extinct. In their paper published in the journal BirdingASIA, the team describes the history of the bird, why it was thought to be extinct and how it was found in Borneo.
Sentiment: negative
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Warmer winters threaten Canada's seasonal ice roads

Warmer winters threaten Canada's seasonal ice roads
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Canadian Gilbert Cardin worries about the future of the ice road he maintains every winter on a frozen river west of Montreal.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $SNAP

NASA's Mars helicopter reports in

NASA's Mars helicopter reports in
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have received the first status report from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which landed Feb. 18, 2021, at Jezero Crater attached to the belly of the agency's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. The downlink, which arrived at 3:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. EST) via a connection through the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, indicates that both the helicopter, which will remain attached to the rover for 30 to 60 days, and its base station
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $BOX
Cryptos: $CEL

NASA rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life

NASA rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A NASA rover has landed on Mars in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet.
Sentiment: negative
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Stocks: $ORAN

Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right

Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Projections of rising sea levels this century are on the money when tested against satellite and tide-gauge observations, scientists find.
Sentiment: positive
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6 people have read this
Cryptos: $CAG

Researchers develop high-torque light-powered actuator

Researchers develop high-torque light-powered actuator
Added 3 months ago
Summary: If you watch the leaves of a plant long enough, you may see them shift and turn toward the sunlight through the day. It happens slowly, but surely.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $SWCH

Pigs show potential for 'remarkable' level of behavioral, mental flexibility in new study

Pigs show potential for 'remarkable' level of behavioral, mental flexibility in new study
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Pigs will probably never be able to fly, but new research is revealing that some species within the genus Sus may possess a remarkable level of behavioral and mental flexibility. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology tested the ability of four pigs to play a simple joystick-enabled video game. Each animal demonstrated some conceptual understanding despite limited dexterity on tasks normally given to non-human primates to analyze intelligence.
Sentiment: positive
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Researchers uncover biochemical rules between RNA-protein interactions and expressions

Researchers uncover biochemical rules between RNA-protein interactions and expressions
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A team of Case Western Reserve University researchers has found a way to measure key characteristics of proteins that bind to RNA in cells—a discovery that could improve our understanding of how gene function is disturbed in cancer, neurodegenerative disorders or infections.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $RSV

'Handy pen' lights up when exposed to nerve gas or spoiled food vapors

'Handy pen' lights up when exposed to nerve gas or spoiled food vapors
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Exposure to some odorless, colorless and tasteless gases, such as nerve agents, can be toxic or even lethal. And having the ability to detect other types of vapors could save people from eating spoiled or rotten food. Easy-to-use portable devices could, therefore, go a long way toward protecting the public. Now researchers reporting in ACS Materials Letters have created a pen-like sensor that changes color when exposed to harmful gases.
Sentiment: positive
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6 people have read this
Cryptos: $HANDY

Scientists create liquid crystals that look a lot like their solid counterparts

Scientists create liquid crystals that look a lot like their solid counterparts
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A team at the University of Colorado Boulder has designed new kinds of liquid crystals that mirror the complex structures of some solid crystals—a major step forward in building flowing materials that can match the colorful diversity of forms seen in minerals and gems, from lazulite to topaz.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $CS

Hidden conflict in the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia

Hidden conflict in the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia, the nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria that make their home in legume root nodules and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for them, is one of the most well-known and agronomically important examples of symbiosis. New research from Dr. Kenjiro Quides, a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in the Grand Challenges Initiative at Chapman University, tested the boundaries of this relationship—and found that it's not always as perfectly h
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $ROOT

Flooding in the Columbia River basin expected to increase under climate change

Flooding in the Columbia River basin expected to increase under climate change
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The Columbia River basin will see an increase in flooding over the next 50 years as a result of climate change, new modeling from Oregon State University indicates.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $CAG

Astronomers confirm orbit of most distant object ever observed in our solar system

Astronomers confirm orbit of most distant object ever observed in our solar system
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A team of astronomers, including associate professor Chad Trujillo of Northern Arizona University's Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, have confirmed a planetoid that is almost four times farther from the Sun than Pluto, making it the most distant object ever observed in our solar system. The planetoid, which has been nicknamed "Farfarout," was first detected in 2018, and the team has now collected enough observations to pin down its orbit. The Minor Planet Center has now given it th
Sentiment: positive
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Multi-inch single-crystalline perovskite for self-powered integrated circuit photodetection reported

Multi-inch single-crystalline perovskite for self-powered integrated circuit photodetection reported
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Multiple-cation and mixed-halide (FAMACs) perovskites, which are formed by incorporating Cs/MA/Br ions into the FAPbI3 perovskites, are considered as the best compositions for applications in high-efficiency photovoltaic and photoelectronic devices owing to their enhanced stability, suppressed ion migration, and reduced hysteresis. However, the actual composition, especially the content of Cs in FAMACs perovskites, for the state-of-the-art devices reported by different research groups has been i
Sentiment: positive
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Electric cable bacteria breathe oxygen with unheard efficiency

Electric cable bacteria breathe oxygen with unheard efficiency
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Ten years ago, researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, reported the discovery of centimeter-long cable bacteria, that live by conducting an electric current from one end to the other. Now the researchers document that a few cells operate with extremely high oxygen consumption while the rest of the cells process food and grow without oxygen. An outstanding way of life.
Sentiment: positive
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Not a living fossil: How the Coelacanth recently evolved dozens of new genes

Not a living fossil: How the Coelacanth recently evolved dozens of new genes
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The capture of the first living Coelacanth, a mighty ocean predator, off the coast of South Africa caused quite a stir in 1938, 65 million years after its supposed extinction. It became known as a "living fossil" owing to its anatomy looking almost identical to the fossil record. But while the Coelacanth's body may have changed little, its genome tells another story.
Sentiment: positive
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Friends matter: Giraffes that group with others live longer

Friends matter: Giraffes that group with others live longer
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A research team led by Monica Bond, research associate at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies of the University of Zurich (UZH), studied giraffes in Tanzania for five years. The biologists examined the relative effects of sociability, the natural environment, and human factors on survival of the mega-herbivore. They have now shown that adult female giraffes living in larger groups have higher survival chances than more socially isolated individuals.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $SQ

Can super-Earth interior dynamics set the table for habitability?

Can super-Earth interior dynamics set the table for habitability?
Added 3 months ago
Summary: New research led by Carnegie's Yingwei Fei provides a framework for understanding the interiors of super-Earths—rocky exoplanets between 1.5 and 2 times the size of our home planet—which is a prerequisite to assess their potential for habitability. Planets of this size are among the most abundant in exoplanetary systems. The paper is published in Nature Communications.
Sentiment: positive
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New CRISPR tech targets human genome's complex code

New CRISPR tech targets human genome's complex code
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Finding a needle in a haystack is hard enough. But try finding a specific molecule on the needle.
Sentiment: positive
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'Defective' carbon simplifies hydrogen peroxide production

'Defective' carbon simplifies hydrogen peroxide production
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Rice University researchers have created a "defective" catalyst that simplifies the generation of hydrogen peroxide from oxygen.
Sentiment: negative
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7 people have read this
Cryptos: $MTL$CRBN

Human eye beats machine in archaeological color identification test

Human eye beats machine in archaeological color identification test
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A ruler and scale can tell archaeologists the size and weight of a fragment of pottery—but identifying its precise color can depend on individual perception. So, when a handheld color-matching gadget came on the market, scientists hoped it offered a consistent way of determining color, free of human bias.
Sentiment: positive
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Why does love of bargain hunting run in families?

Why does love of bargain hunting run in families?
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Headlines like "Black Friday Shoppers Trampled in New York" and popular television shows such as "Extreme Couponing" remind us how crazy consumers can get about retail sales promotions. This enthusiasm for getting bargains has been termed "deal proneness."
Sentiment: positive
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Quantum computing enables simulations to unravel mysteries of magnetic materials

Quantum computing enables simulations to unravel mysteries of magnetic materials
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A multi-institutional team became the first to generate accurate results from materials science simulations on a quantum computer that can be verified with neutron scattering experiments and other practical techniques.
Sentiment: positive
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Starling success traced to rapid adaptation

Starling success traced to rapid adaptation
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Love them or hate them, there's no doubt the European Starling is a wildly successful bird. A new study from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology examines this non-native species from the inside out. What exactly happened at the genetic level as the starling population exploded from just 80 birds released in New York City's Central Park in 1890, peaking at an estimated 200 million breeding adults spread all across North America? The study appears in the journal Molecular Ecology.
Sentiment: positive
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Dragonflies perform upside down backflips to right themselves

Dragonflies perform upside down backflips to right themselves
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The findings add to current knowledge of how insects fly and keep stable in the air. They could also help to inspire new designs in small aerial vehicles like drones, which can be useful for search-and-rescue attempts and building inspection.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $GIB

High greenhouse gas emissions from Siberian inland waters

High greenhouse gas emissions from Siberian inland waters
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Rivers and lakes at high latitudes are considered to be major sources for greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, but these losses are poorly constrained. In a study published in Nature Communications, Umeå University researchers and collaborators quantify carbon emissions from rivers and lakes across Western Siberia, finding that emission are high and exceed carbon export to the Arctic Ocean.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $CRBN

Physicists finesse the storing of light to create rainbows of color

Physicists finesse the storing of light to create rainbows of color
Added 3 months ago
Summary: In nature, as in everyday life, we are surrounded by resonance—the phenomenon that describes how each object has a frequency that it prefers to vibrate at. The note of a guitar string and the sound of Big Ben chiming are examples of resonance.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $RESN

Porous materials unfavorable for coronavirus survival

Porous materials unfavorable for coronavirus survival
Added 3 months ago
Summary: As COVID-19 spreads via respiratory droplets, researchers have become increasingly interested in the drying of droplets on impermeable and porous surfaces. Surfaces that accelerate evaporation can decelerate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Sentiment: positive
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School closures may not reduce coronavirus deaths as much as expected: study

School closures may not reduce coronavirus deaths as much as expected: study
Added 3 months ago
Summary: School closures, the loss of public spaces, and having to work remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic have caused major disruptions in people's social lives all over the world.
Sentiment: negative
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Stocks: $CIA

Embry-Riddle alumna helps unravel key mysteries of rare stars

Embry-Riddle alumna helps unravel key mysteries of rare stars
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Within the constellation Cygnus, an elderly star and its massive companion are having one last hurrah, flinging off mass at an incredible rate before they explode as supernovae and collapse into a black hole.
Sentiment: positive
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Cryptos: $UNI

How cells recycle the machinery that drives their motility?

How cells recycle the machinery that drives their motility?
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Research groups at University of Helsinki and Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, discovered a new molecular mechanism that promotes cell migration. The discovery sheds light on the mechanisms that drive uncontrolled movement of cancer cells, and also revises the 'text book view' of cell migration.
Sentiment: positive
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The evolution of red color vision in lycaenid butterflies linked to coordinated rhodopsin tuning

The evolution of red color vision in lycaenid butterflies linked to coordinated rhodopsin tuning
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The colors in a flower patch appear completely different to a bear, a honeybee, a butterfly and humans. The ability to see these colors is generated by specific properties of opsins—light-sensitive proteins in the retina of our eyes. The number of opsins expressed and the molecular structure of the receptor proteins determines the colors we see.
Sentiment: positive
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Twenty-one per cent of all citations go to the elite

Twenty-one per cent of all citations go to the elite
Added 3 months ago
Summary: In the span of only 15 years, a small academic elite has increased its share of academic citations significantly. In the year 2000, 14 per cent of all citations went to the top one percent of the most cited researchers. New research shows that this figure had risen to 21 per cent in 2015.
Sentiment: positive
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Advanced simulations reveal how air conditioning spreads COVID-19 aerosols

Advanced simulations reveal how air conditioning spreads COVID-19 aerosols
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The detailed physical processes and pathways involved in the transmission of COVID-19 are still not well understood. Researchers decided to use advanced computational fluid dynamics tools on supercomputers to deepen understanding of transmission and provide a quantitative assessment of how different environmental factors influence transmission pathways and airborne infection risk.
Sentiment: positive
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Arctic permafrost releases more carbon dioxide than once believed

Arctic permafrost releases more carbon dioxide than once believed
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Rising global temperatures are causing frozen Arctic soil— permafrost—in the northern hemisphere to thaw and release CO2 that has been stored within it for thousands of years. The amount of carbon stored in permafrost is estimated to be four times greater than the combined amount of CO2 emitted by modern humans.
Sentiment: positive
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New technique used to discover how galaxies grow

New technique used to discover how galaxies grow
Added 3 months ago
Summary: For decades, space and ground telescopes have provided us with spectacular images of galaxies. These building blocks of the universe usually contain several million to over a trillion stars and can range in size from a few thousand to several hundred thousand light-years across. What we typically see in an image of a galaxy are the stars, gas and dust that constitute these sprawling systems.
Sentiment: positive
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Fast-growing parts of Africa see a surprise: less air pollution from seasonal fires

Fast-growing parts of Africa see a surprise: less air pollution from seasonal fires
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Often, when populations and economies boom, so does air pollution—a product of increased fossil-fuel consumption by vehicles, industry and households. This has been true across much of Africa, where air pollution recently surpassed AIDS as the leading cause of premature death. But researchers have discovered at least a temporary bright spot: dangerous nitrogen oxides, byproducts of combustion, are declining across the north equatorial part of the continent. The reason: a decline in the longtime
Sentiment: negative
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Stocks: $GIB

New material yields soft, elastic objects that feel like human tissue

New material yields soft, elastic objects that feel like human tissue
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Researchers in the labs of Christopher Bates, an assistant professor of materials at UC Santa Barbara, and Michael Chabinyc, a professor of materials and chair of the department, have teamed to develop the first 3-D-printable "bottlebrush" elastomer. The new material results in printed objects that have unusual softness and elasticity—mechanical properties that closely resemble those of human tissue.
Sentiment: positive
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Scientists discover how a group of caterpillars became poisonous

Scientists discover how a group of caterpillars became poisonous
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The Atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala) and its five closest relatives in the genus Eumaeus like to display their toxicity. This sextet's toxicity comes from what they eat as caterpillars: plants called cycads that have been around since before dinosaurs roamed the Earth and contain a potent liver toxin called cycasin.
Sentiment: positive
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To figure out how dinosaurs walked, start with how they didn't

To figure out how dinosaurs walked, start with how they didn't
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Paleontologists have made great strides in understanding how extinct animals like dinosaurs walked, ran, swam and flew when they were alive—but much about the mechanics of how different species moved remains uncertain. A new study led by researchers at Brown University offers a new perspective on this long-standing conundrum.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $GIB

Quality education essential to closing the growing global skills gap

Quality education essential to closing the growing global skills gap
Added 3 months ago
Summary: With rapid educational expansion in many developing countries, much progress has been made in terms of access to education. According to a new IIASA-led study, being in school is however not the same as learning and this expansion in quantity may come at the expense of quality, with the possible negative implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic on schooling possibly exacerbating the situation.
Sentiment: positive
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Stocks: $GIB

Yes, allergy seasons are getting worse; blame climate change

Yes, allergy seasons are getting worse; blame climate change
Added 3 months ago
Summary: If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than in 1990—meaning more days of itchy, sneezy, drippy misery.
Sentiment: negative
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5 people have read this
Stocks: $GIB
Cryptos: $USDA

Man-made borders threaten wildlife as climate changes

Man-made borders threaten wildlife as climate changes
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Walls and fences designed to secure national borders could make it difficult for almost 700 mammal species to adapt to climate change, according to new research.
Sentiment: negative
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Where should future astronauts land on Mars? Follow the water

Where should future astronauts land on Mars? Follow the water
Added 3 months ago
Summary: So you want to build a Mars base. Where to start? Like any human settlement, it would be best located near accessible water. Not only will water be crucial for life-support supplies, it will be used for everything from agriculture to producing the rocket propellant astronauts will need to return to Earth.
Sentiment: positive
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6 people have read this
Cryptos: $OCN

UAE's 'Hope' probe to be first in trio of Mars missions

UAE's 'Hope' probe to be first in trio of Mars missions
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The first Arab space mission, the UAE's "Hope" probe, is expected to reach Mars' orbit on Tuesday, making it the first of three spacecraft to arrive at the Red Planet this month.
Sentiment: positive
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Fungi in the gut prime immunity against infection

Fungi in the gut prime immunity against infection
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Common fungi, often present in the gut, teach the immune system how to respond to their more dangerous relatives, according to new research from scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine. Breakdowns in this process can leave people susceptible to deadly fungal infections.
Sentiment: positive
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Harvard astronomer argues that alien vessel paid us a visit

Harvard astronomer argues that alien vessel paid us a visit
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Discovering there's intelligent life beyond our planet could be the most transformative event in human history— but what if scientists decided to collectively ignore evidence suggesting it already happened?
Sentiment: positive
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China's space probe sends back its first image of Mars

China's space probe sends back its first image of Mars
Added 3 months ago
Summary: China's Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said, as the mission prepares to touch down on the Red Planet later this year.
Sentiment: positive
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Arctic stew: Understanding how high-latitude lakes respond to and affect climate change

Arctic stew: Understanding how high-latitude lakes respond to and affect climate change
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Summary: To arrive at Nunavut, turn left at the Dakotas and head north. You can't miss it—the vast tundra territory covers almost a million square miles of northern Canada. Relatively few people call this lake-scattered landscape home, but the region plays a crucial role in understanding global climate change. New research from Soren Brothers, assistant professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, details how lakes in Nunavut could have a big impact on carbon dioxide levels in th
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Student astronomer finds missing galactic matter

Student astronomer finds missing galactic matter
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Summary: Astronomers have for the first time used distant galaxies as 'scintillating pins' to locate and identify a piece of the Milky Way's missing matter.
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Prehistoric bone etchings believed to be among oldest evidence of human use of symbols

Prehistoric bone etchings believed to be among oldest evidence of human use of symbols
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Summary: While scientists and historians have long surmised that etchings on stones and bones have been used as a form of symbolism dating back as early as the Middle Paleolithic period (250,000-45,000 BCE), findings to support that theory are extremely rare.
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Signs of burnout can be detected in sweat

Signs of burnout can be detected in sweat
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Summary: EPFL engineers, working in association with startup Xsensio, have developed a wearable system that can continually measure the concentration of cortisol—the stress hormone—in human sweat. Their device can eventually help doctors better understand and treat stress-related conditions like burnout and obesity.
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How protein condensation slows down gene activity and ensures the survival of stressed cells

How protein condensation slows down gene activity and ensures the survival of stressed cells
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Summary: All life on earth evolved multiple layers and networks of ensuring survival upon catastrophic events. Even cells have their emergency plan: the heat shock response. Triggered by multiple stress stimuli such as heat, toxins, or radiation, this cellular safety program tries to prevent permanent damage to the organism. The response resembles an overall adopted 'lockdown' strategy witnessed during the global corona virus pandemic. During a lockdown, only essential activities are permitted and resour
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Long live superconductivity! Short flashes of light with sustaining impact

Long live superconductivity! Short flashes of light with sustaining impact
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Summary: Superconductivity—the ability of a material to transmit an electric current without loss—is a quantum effect that, despite years of research, is still limited to very low temperatures. Now a team of scientists at the MPSD has succeeded in creating a metastable state with vanishing electrical resistance in a molecular solid by exposing it to finely tuned pulses of intense laser light. This effect had already been demonstrated in 2016 for only a very short time, but in a new study the authors of t
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Pandemic caused 'staggering' economic, human impact in developing counties, research says

Pandemic caused 'staggering' economic, human impact in developing counties, research says
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Summary: The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year led to a devastating loss of jobs and income across the global south, threatening hundreds of millions of people with hunger and lost savings and raising an array of risks for children, according to new research co-authored at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Fingerprint for the formation of nitrous oxide emissions

Fingerprint for the formation of nitrous oxide emissions
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Summary: Scientists led by Eliza Harris and Michael Bahn from the Institute of Ecology at the University of Innsbruck have succeeded in studying emissions of the greenhouse gas N2O under the influence of environmental impacts in an unprecedented level of detail. The study, which has now been published in Science Advances, is thus also a starting point for the creation of models that could predict future trends in the greenhouse gas emission dynamics of ecosystems under global climate change.
Sentiment: positive
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Breakthrough in quantum photonics promises a new era in optical circuits

Breakthrough in quantum photonics promises a new era in optical circuits
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Summary: The modern world is powered by electrical circuitry on a "chip"—the semiconductor chip underpinning computers, cell phones, the internet, and other applications. In the year 2025, humans are expected to be creating 175 zettabytes (175 trillion gigabytes) of new data. How can we ensure the security of sensitive data at such a high volume? And how can we address grand-challenge-like problems, from privacy and security to climate change, leveraging this data, especially given the limited capability
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Out of this world: Shepard put golf on moon 50 years ago

Out of this world: Shepard put golf on moon 50 years ago
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Summary: Fifty years later, it remains the most impressive bunker shot in the history of golf, mainly because of the location.
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Genes for face shape identified

Genes for face shape identified
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Summary: Genes that determine the shape of a person's facial profile have been discovered by a UCL-led research team.
Sentiment: positive
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New way to power up nanomaterials for electronic applications

New way to power up nanomaterials for electronic applications
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Summary: UCLA materials scientists and colleagues have discovered that perovskites, a class of promising materials that could be used for low-cost, high-performance solar cells and LEDs, have a previously unutilized molecular component that can further tune the electronic property of perovskites.
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Forests of the world in 3-D: Research team analyses complexity of forest structure

Forests of the world in 3-D: Research team analyses complexity of forest structure
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Summary: Primeval forests are of great importance for biodiversity and global carbon and water cycling. The three-dimensional structure of forests plays an important role here because it influences processes of gas and energy exchange with the atmosphere, whilst also providing habitats for numerous species. An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has investigated the variety of different complex structures that can be found in the world's forests, as well as the factors that exp
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Not all banking crises involve panics: study

Not all banking crises involve panics: study
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Summary: A banking crisis is often seen as a self-fulfilling prophecy: The expectation of bank failure makes it happen. Picture people lining up to withdraw their money during the Great Depression or customers making a run on Britain's Northern Rock bank in 2007.
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Study: 'Hidden' genes could be key in development of new antibiotics

Study: 'Hidden' genes could be key in development of new antibiotics
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Summary: A study from the Center for Phage Technology, part of Texas A&M's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, shows how the "hidden" genes in bacteriophages—types of viruses that infect and destroy bacteria—may be key to the development of a new class of antibiotics for human health.
Sentiment: positive
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New fiber optic temperature sensing approach to keep fusion power plants running

New fiber optic temperature sensing approach to keep fusion power plants running
Added 3 months ago
Summary: The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive timelines for technology demonstrations and power plant designs. New-generation superconducting magnets are a critical enabler for many of these programs, which creates growing need for sensors, controls, and other infrastructure that will allow the magnets to operate reliably in the harsh conditions of a commercial fusion power plant.
Sentiment: positive
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New insights into whales and dolphins highlight conservation threat

New insights into whales and dolphins highlight conservation threat
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Scientists have found that the metabolic changes that allowed whales and dolphins to adapt to their aquatic lifestyle have implications on how we should assess the impact of human activities on their conservation.
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At the core of the integrator complex

At the core of the integrator complex
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Summary: Gene expression is a highly regulated process that involves several steps. These include transcription of DNA instructions into RNA, removal of non-coding segments from the RNA message, and its subsequent translation into proteins. All these steps involve specific molecular machineries responsible for conducting each process with high accuracy. The Galej group, based at EMBL Grenoble, studies the structure and function of the RNA-protein complexes that are involved in the regulation of gene expr
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Chimp deaths at Sierra Leone sanctuary linked to a bacterium

Chimp deaths at Sierra Leone sanctuary linked to a bacterium
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Summary: An international team of researchers has found what they believe to be the pathogen that has been killing chimpanzees at a Sierra Leone sanctuary for approximately 15 years. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their study of multiple samples of chimp tissue retrieved from some of the dead chimps and what they have found thus far.
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The Ramanujan Machine: Researchers have developed a 'conjecture generator' that creates mathematical conjectures

The Ramanujan Machine: Researchers have developed a 'conjecture generator' that creates mathematical conjectures
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Summary: Using AI and computer automation, Technion researchers have developed a 'conjecture generator' that creates mathematical conjectures, which are considered to be the starting point for developing mathematical theorems. They have already used it to generate a number of previously unknown formulas. The study, which was published in the journal Nature, was carried out by undergraduates from different faculties under the tutelage of Assistant Professor Ido Kaminer of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Facul
Sentiment: positive
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Inductance based on a quantum effect has the potential to miniaturize inductors

Inductance based on a quantum effect has the potential to miniaturize inductors
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Mobile-phone chargers and other devices could become much smaller after an all-RIKEN team of physicists successfully shrunk an electrical component known as an inductor to microscale dimensions using a quantum effect.
Sentiment: positive
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A magnetic twist to graphene

A magnetic twist to graphene
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Summary: Electrons in materials have a property known as 'spin," which is responsible for a variety of properties, the most well-known of which is magnetism. Permanent magnets, like the ones used for refrigerator doors, have all the spins in their electrons aligned in the same direction. Scientists refer to this behavior as ferromagnetism, and the research field of trying to manipulate spin as spintronics.
Sentiment: positive
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Climate change may have driven the emergence of SARS-CoV-2

Climate change may have driven the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
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Summary: Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, by driving growth of forest habitat favoured by bats.
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Neanderthal gut microbiota and the bacteria helping our health

Neanderthal gut microbiota and the bacteria helping our health
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Summary: Neanderthals' gut microbiota included beneficial microorganisms that are also found in the modern human microbiome. An international research group led by the University of Bologna achieved this result by extracting and analyzing ancient DNA from 50,000-year-old fecal sediments sampled at the archaeological site of El Salt, near Alicante (Spain).
Sentiment: positive
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Can a miniscule worm hold the secret to genetically reversing brain damage?

Can a miniscule worm hold the secret to genetically reversing brain damage?
Added 3 months ago
Summary: A team of Hebrew University researchers have successfully used genetic engineering as a first step to what one day may allow scientists to genetically repair damaged brain circuits. The process, which was performed in tiny translucent C. elegans worms, saw the introduction of synthetically engineered connections (or synapses), as a means for bypassing missing connections between neurons in an impaired brain.
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Crystalline polymers for the rapid detection and efficient degradation of ozone

Crystalline polymers for the rapid detection and efficient degradation of ozone
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Ozone is a problematic air pollutant that causes serious health problems. A newly developed material not only quickly and selectively indicates the presence of ozone, but also simultaneously renders the gas harmless. As reported by Chinese researchers in Angewandte Chemie, the porous "two-in-one systems" also function reliably in very humid air.
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Bimeronium: A new member of the topological spin textures family

Bimeronium: A new member of the topological spin textures family
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Topological spin textures in magnetic systems are intriguing objects that exhibit exotic physics and have potential applications in information storage and processing. The most fundamental and exemplary topological spin texture is called the skyrmion, which is a nanoscale circular domain wall carrying a nonzero integer topological charge. The skyrmion texture in magnetic materials was theoretically predicted in the late 1980s, and it was experimentally observed in chiral magnets a decade ago. Si
Sentiment: positive
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NASA satellites help quantify forest impacts on the global carbon budget

NASA satellites help quantify forest impacts on the global carbon budget
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Summary: Scientists have created a new method for measuring carbon fluctuations in forests; it is expected to improve the accuracy of global carbon estimates.
Sentiment: positive
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Imaging the first moments of a body plan emerging in the embryo

Imaging the first moments of a body plan emerging in the embryo
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Summary: Egg cells start out as round blobs. After fertilization, they begin transforming into people, dogs, fish, or other animals by orienting head to tail, back to belly, and left to right. Exactly what sets these body orientation directions has been guessed at but not seen. Now researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have imaged the very beginning of this cellular rearrangement, and their findings help answer a fundamental question.
Sentiment: positive
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Under the sea, humans have changed ocean sounds

Under the sea, humans have changed ocean sounds
Added 3 months ago
Summary: Not only are humans changing the surface and temperature of the planet, but also its sounds – and those shifts are detectable even in the open ocean, according to research published Thursday.
Sentiment: positive
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Experimental vaccine blunts the deadliest of synthetic opioids

Experimental vaccine blunts the deadliest of synthetic opioids
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Summary: As the opioid epidemic raged on with an even greater force during COVID-19, the Scripps Research laboratory of chemist Kim Janda, Ph.D., has been working on new therapeutic interventions that may be able to prevent the bulk of deaths from opioid overdose.
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