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Researchers recently revealed that extinction rates are a lot faster than they previously thought after they analyzed thousands of species of vertebrates. They recommend worldwide action to ban wildlife trade, among other measures, to hold back the coming sixth mass extinction. Paul Ehrlich and colleagues published a paper in 2015 declaring the coming of the sixth
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Twitter is developing a new in-app system for requesting verification, according to a recent finding from reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, which Twitter has since confirmed. The discovery involves an added “Request Verification” option that appears in a redesigned account settings screen. This feature is not launched to the public, Twitter says. Wong typically digs
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Combatting the COVID-19 pandemic has become an international challenge and charge. It has highlighted the positive consequences of science operating on a global scale. It has shown how answers can be found quickly when scientists share results at unprecedented speed and research becomes increasingly open-access. It has shown that we must rely on scientists from
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The Space Development Agency says optical inter-satellite links are “one of the most critical technologies to be demonstrated.” WASHINGTON — Optical communications terminals that use lasers to beam data across space will be tested in upcoming experiments by the Space Development Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. These terminals are important pieces of
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Protesters have gathered across the United States and around the world to denounce racism and police brutality.Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty As marchers in the United States and around the world filled the streets this past week to protest against police brutality and racial injustice, Black scientists grieved openly on social media, calling for action on racism
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A discovery published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology journal has determined that perchlorate, an environmental pollutant that is also found in many drinking water sources in the United States, inhibits thyroid functions. Vanderbilt researchers have identified that perchlorate inhibits the uptake of iodide. Iodide is a vital part of thyroid hormones and is crucial for thyroid hormone
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SAN FRANCISCO – The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator and Techstars Allied Space Accelerator announced the names June 8 of companies selected to participate in their 2020 classes. The Techstars Allied Space Accelerator, established late last year with the support of the U.S. Air Force, Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Norwegian Space
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The ichip allows researchers to incubate pure cultures of microorganisms in soil.Credit: Christopher Leaman Every researcher who enters Yoichi Kamagata’s laboratory in the hope of growing interesting microorganisms undergoes an initiation: they try to culture Oscillospira guilliermondii, a bacterium found in the guts of cows and sheep, but never grown under lab conditions. Kamagata, a
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Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal Inc. VCG | Getty Images Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has given secretive U.S. tech firm Palantir access to private personal data of millions of British citizens, according to a contract published online last Friday. Data includes personal contact details, gender, race, occupation, physical and mental health conditions, past criminal
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Ecologists have been studying certain male and female animals that use different habitats depending on their sex. Due to their choice of territory, conservation plans do not usually take into account this preference and, thus, may result in losing many males or females, thereby threatening their populations. Albatross males prefer Antarctic and subantarctic regions to swoop down
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at the start of an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, December 6, 2019. Leonhard Foeger | Reuters Some of the world’s most powerful oil producers had been expected to convene on Thursday, with energy market participants closely
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In Thiruvananthapuram, the first arrest has just been made for the killing of the now-famous pregnant elephant in Kerala using a firecracker-laden pineapple, according to the state’s Forest Minister. It is the first of hopefully many arrests in a case that sparked widespread outrage in many countries when it was shared on social media. One day after Pinarayi
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Noah Baker, Nidhi Subbaraman and Richard Van Noorden discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:45 Black Lives Matter The killing of George Floyd, a black man, by police in Minnesota has sent a shockwave of anger around the globe. As unrest continues, we discuss the protests in Washington DC and ask
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HELSINKI — A number of Chinese private launch firms for the burgeoning commercial space sector have reported progress in efforts to develop a range of launch vehicles. Landspace and iSpace are reporting progress with methane rocket engines, while Galactic Energy is moving closer to launch of its Ceres-1 launcher. Deep Blue Aerospace has meanwhile secured
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Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind Currents is more akin to what Microsoft is doing with Yammer
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Solving climate change depends, to some extent, on technological innovation. The world’s leading climate authority, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published a landmark 2018 report highlighting the urgency of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report outlines four potential pathways for reaching that goal. The pathways are vastly different, but one thing
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A scurrying robot dog named K9 dispenses hand sanitiser to curious children and wary shoppers — one of the more unexpected measures Thai malls are taking as the kingdom relaxes coronavirus restrictions. The hi-tech hound is controlled using 5G, a technology promising super-fast Internet speeds with immediate reaction times that is still in the initial
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Hydroxychloroquine tablets: a study suggesting that this malaria drug might be dangerous to people with COVID-19 has been retracted.Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Two weeks after a high-profile paper in The Lancet1 reported that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine might be dangerous to patients with COVID-19, three of its four authors have retracted the work because they were
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NASA astronaut Doug Hurley was the pilot on STS‐127 and STS‐135. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. Before joining NASA, he was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. Hurley is currently serving as Spacecraft Commander on the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew
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Workers disembark from a helicopter after being evacuated from oil production platforms ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal, at Bristow Galliano Heliport in Galliano, Louisiana, U.S. June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman HOUSTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Cristobal moved through the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Saturday carrying strong winds and heavy rains that prompted the evacuation
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