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China’s transport ministry suspends all transportation services going to and from the central city of Wuhan as the country takes a drastic step to contain a contagious disease that has killed at least 15 people, stricken hundreds, and reached other countries. The nation-owned People’s Daily newspaper posted in its official Twitter account that nobody would be allowed
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Researchers worry soot may have damaged rock art in the Blue Mountains, similar to these stencils in Red Hands Cave.Credit: Marc Anderson/Alamy Indigenous communities and archaeologists fear thousands of historic Aboriginal sites and artefacts have been damaged — or destroyed — by fires that have ravaged Australia. These places are essential for understanding the movement
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Taal volcano spews ash and debris kilometres into the sky.Credit: Domcar C Lagto/PACIFIC P/SIPA/Shutterstock Researchers in the Philippines are monitoring the Taal volcano closely for signs of a major eruption. The volcano’s activity has eased since it began spewing steam and ash more than a week ago, but the threat of a large-scale eruption remains,
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If you have embarked upon a camping adventure before, you’d know camping is a holistic activity that revitalizes the mind and feeds the soul. Who wouldn’t love building a campfire and toasting marshmallows in it? Or sleep in the sound of crackling wood? I bet, everybody will. Camping is never complete without a campfire.  However,
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The virus first surfaced at the end of 2019 in an animal and seafood market in Wuhan, central China.Credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty As hundreds of millions of people in China take to the roads, railway and skies to be with their families for the new year holidays, authorities in the country and around the world have
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Research with human embryos is fraught, so some researchers are creating synthetic embryos from stem cells.Credit: Juan Gartner/Science Photo Library/Getty US scientists say they are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain federal funding for research that
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A lethal viral outbreak in China probably originated in a Wuhan animal market, which has since been closed.Credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Scientists are increasingly concerned about a new virus that is spreading in Asia. The number of people known to have the respiratory illness, which originated in China, has more than doubled in the past few
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One of the most important travel necessities is a good pair of shoes. This is especially important if you intend to do activities like hiking on your trip. With the wrong type of shoe, going across uneven terrain might increase the chances that you will strain your ankles. To prevent this from happening, let’s look
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US Army nurses in 1947. Shifting social norms have driven the swift rise and demise of smoking in many places.Credit: Underwood Archives/UIG/Shutterstock Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work Robert H. Frank Princeton Univ. Press (2020) In 1989, just 12% of US adults favoured legalization of same-sex marriage; by 2015, that figure was around
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As the Philippines’ Taal Volcano unrest entered its 2nd week, government volcanologists reiterated that evacuees are strongly advised to remain out of the danger zone as Alert Level 4 remains raised. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) underscored on Monday, January 20, that scientific records showing a risky eruption remain possible “in hours to days.” Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum
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As preparations for the Chinese New Year get under way, fears mount for the jubilant crowds who could potentially be infected by a newly emerged virus.Credit: Wu Hong/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock I applaud Chinese colleagues’ prompt release of the genome sequence of the virus responsible for the mystery respiratory illness in Wuhan in central China (see Nature http://doi.org/djhc;
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Most satellites (artist’s impression of a GPS satellite, pictured) can’t be refuelled, but placing craft in optimal orbits could save large amounts of propellant. Credit: Alamy Engineering 16 January 2020 A four-satellite network takes advantage of forces that would hamper other spacecraft. Engineers have discovered orbits that allow satellites to harness forces that would disrupt
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A shocking new study reveals that the amount of heat that has been put into the planet’s oceans from human activity over the past 70 years is the equivalent of more than 3 billion atomic bombs. In a journal published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, an international team of scientists determined that the average temperature of the world’s
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Quantum entanglement is at the centre of a mathematical proof.Credit: Victor De Schwanberg/Science Photo Library Albert Einstein famously said that quantum mechanics should allow two objects to affect each other’s behaviour instantly across vast distances, something he dubbed “spooky action at a distance”1. Decades after his death, experiments confirmed this, but to this day, it
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Going on a vacation is a good decision that one has to make after working for a long time. To come up with a nice decision, you will have to put some important factors into consideration because they will go a long way. Some of these factors include the choice of destination, season of the
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Quantum entanglement is at the centre of a mathematical proof.Credit: Victor De Schwanberg/Science Photo Library Quantum entanglement allows two objects to affect each other’s behaviour instantly across vast distances — what Albert Einstein called “spooky action
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Research with human embryos is fraught, so some researchers are creating synthetic embryos from stem cells.Credit: Juan Gartner/Science Photo Library/Getty Scientists can now create clumps of cells that resemble human embryos, raising hopes that they could study the elusive first stages of human development while avoiding the ethical concerns that make it difficult to study
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Smoke hung thick in the air and shrubland was still smouldering when firefighters escorted a small team of biologists into Kosciusko National Park in southern New South Wales on 15 January. The expedition, granted a rare exemption from the park’s strict no-go policy during this record-breaking fire season, was to prevent one of Australia’s rarest
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The legendary giant squid has reached school-bus size with eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that can snatch prey 10 yards away. The University of Copenhagen-led team that includes scientist Caroline Albertin of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) found the full genome sequence of the mysterious giant squid (Architeuthis dux). According to study
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A retina scarred by infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which goes quiet when triggered by a gene called BFD1. Credit: Paul Whitten/SPL Microbiology 16 January 2020 The toxoplasmosis parasite can hide in a person’s organs after infection and re-emerge years later. About one-quarter of the world’s population is chronically infected with an inactive form
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Owen Guo, chief executive of Ispect Technology in Taiwan.Credit: Matthew Szekely Owen Guo, chief executive of Ispect Technology, explains how his company’s devices help manufacturers to regulate the quality of food products. Where did the idea for your company come from? I met the co-founders of Ispect Technology, Ted Wang and Chloe Lee, in 2017
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(Photo: Reuters)It is not just the water in the crater but also the lake that surrounds the volcano is drying up. The lake at the crater of Taal Volcano, which is a popular tourist destination, is drying up, according to the local geohazard agency. Antonia Bornas from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)
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If your family loves the idea of saving energy, there are several things you can do. Going green in your home helps create a healthier world in which we live, and it saves your family money in the process. Here are five easy ways to save energy as a family. Find The Best Energy Plan
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At the beginning of the year, Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK government, posted an unusual advert on his blog, calling for data scientists, mathematicians and physicists to join him at the heart of government. As outgoing director of the Royal Statistical Society in London and soon-to-be chief executive of the British Academy,
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It is quite common for a woman to have sudden breakouts from time to time; especially during that time of the month. However, some adult acne will overstay their welcome which sucks! So, what causes breakouts? Dermatologists say that the overproduction of oil and hormones are the main culprits. When the hair follicles are clogged
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Surya Prakash, who researches Sanskrit texts at Jawaharlal Nehru University and is visually impaired, was among those attacked on 5 January.Credit: Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times/Getty For several weeks the world has watched as India’s citizens — including academics and students — have taken to the streets. Tens of thousands have been gathering to read out the
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Migrating animals that stay in Earth’s oceans might have a better relationship with the sun than we thought. But researchers suggest that healthy gray whales are almost five times much more likely to stay on their paths while there’s an extreme prevalence of sunspots and, therefore, excessive tiers of radio waves emitted from solar storms.  The scientists presented their findings at the Society for
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Dark Data David J. Hand Princeton Univ. Press (2020) We are deluged with billions of bytes of data, yet much crucial information goes unseen and unreported. So reveals statistician David Hand in this penetrating study of missing (‘dark’) data and its impacts on decisions — skewing stats, enabling fraud, embedding inequity and triggering preventable catastrophes.
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If you’re planning to sell your house, it’s important to know what buyers are looking for so that the sale can be both quick and cost-effective. No one likes to sell property for less than what they think it’s worth. However, if your home isn’t properly optimized with the right tech upgrades, it is time
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China encourages its scientists to study abroad and then return home.Credit: Sigrid Gombert/Cultura/SPL Does working in a foreign country enhance the careers of Chinese scientists? For years, China has been encouraging scientists to study abroad and then bring their expertise home. But contrary to the common perception that such experience furthers careers, a study finds
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