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US funding has helped the World Health Organization tackle Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Credit: Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty US President Donald Trump’s decision, announced on 29 May, to withdraw funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) was never in doubt. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the White House has been intensifying its
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Thirty-five years ago, at the beginning of my research career, I walked for weeks to study populations of the endangered Himalayan goldthread or mishmi teeta (Coptis teeta), an endemic plant in Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya that is used as a potent antimalarial drug by local communities. Himalayan species are intriguing. Like isolated islands,
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An international team of researchers has studied the role of the changing climate in ancient events that caused political unrest. Joe Manning of Yale, along with the team members, analyzed historical accounts and climate proxy records to determine the effect of global climactic changes to the momentous political events throughout the history of western civilization. The researchers used
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Maria Konnikova won the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure National Championship.Credit: Neil Stoddart/PokerStars The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win Maria Konnikova The Penguin Press (2020) If the mess of public confusion and poor leadership surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is how poorly equipped we are
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A recent study conducted by a team of researchers analyzed the impact of a 2012-2016 California drought on the power sector. History shows that this calamity that occurred from 2012-2016 was considered as the worst drought that hit the state. For communities that depend on water for electricity and power generation, a drought means higher electricity costs and pollution-related
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President Trump has issued new immigration restrictions that will affect STEM workers.Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty With a proclamation issued Monday, President Donald Trump is extending and expanding immigration restrictions to limit the entry of new foreign workers. The move set off ripples of alarm among scientists and drew fire from experts concerned about the
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The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest public-health crisis in a century, and the development of medical interventions to combat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a top priority. Writing in Nature, Pinto et al.1 provide evidence needed to take one of the crucial first steps for such efforts in the developing arena of antibody immunotherapy. The level
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Organoids made from human liver ductal cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 (red).Credit: Bing Zhao Researchers are growing miniature organs in the laboratory to study how the new coronavirus ravages the body. Studies in these organoids are revealing the virus’s versatility at invading organs, from the lungs to the liver, kidneys and gut. Researchers are also experimenting
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Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty The tide of reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality that has been sweeping through institutions — including scientific ones — has reached universities’ normally reclusive mathematics departments. A group of mathematicians in the United States has written a letter calling for their colleagues to stop collaborating with
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Funders offer advice on how to land grants and fellowships for community outreach projects. Download MP3 In the penultimate episode of this six-part series about science communication, dermatologist and immunologist Muzlifah Haniffa tells Pakinam Amer how art and poetry inspired her 2016 exhibition Inside Skin following a meeting with Linda Anderson, a professor of English
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The Future Circular Collider (FCC) is a proposed particle accelerator that would follow the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.Credit: Polar Media CERN has taken a major step towards building a 100-kilometre circular super-collider to push the frontier of high-energy physics. The decision was unanimously endorsed by the CERN Council on 19 June, following the plan’s
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Tesla has partnered with SailGP to achieve the sport’s shift from being diesel-fueled towards being powered by solar energy and battery storage. SailGP is a global catamaran racing championship. SailGP has partnered and collaborated with Tesla for over eight months to engineer an off-grid clean energy solution. The result was a fully portable, mobile recharging container to
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Many postdocs worldwide might be concerned about their career paths in the wake of coronavirus.Credit: Xinhua/Shutterstock Nature is encouraging postdoctoral researchers working in academia in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to respond to its first-ever survey dedicated entirely to postdocs, a crucial but often marginalized segment of the scientific workforce. The survey, now accessible at
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre), with chief medical and scientific advisers at the daily press conference on COVID-19 in early March.Credit: Leon Neal/Bloomberg via Getty The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again Richard Horton Polity (2020) Since the coronavirus crisis began, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of leading medical journal
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Fluorescently tagged molecules of the cancer drug cisplatin clump up inside droplets in cells.Credit: Isaac Klein/Whitehead Institute There’s a long-standing assumption in the pharmaceutical industry that when drug molecules enter a cell, they spread through it evenly — but, says biologist Rick Young, “that could not be further from the truth”. In a study published
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Recent research revealed that residents near oil and gas wells might have increased risks of spontaneous preterm birth or the termination of pregnancy before 37 weeks of gestation.  The study is population-based research that aimed to study how environmental factors may affect pregnancy. It was published in Environmental Epidemiology on June 5.  The proximity of residences to oil and
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1. Unwin, P. N. T. & Henderson, R. Molecular structure determination by electron microscopy of unstained crystalline specimens. J. Mol. Biol. 94, 425–440 (1975). CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Blundell T. L. et al. (eds) Celebrating structural biology. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 18, 1304–1316 (2011). CAS  Article  Google Scholar  3. Bai, X.-c., McMullan, G. &
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Hailing Jin (left) has engineered plants to release RNA that can silence genes in a fungus.Credit: Xiaoming Zhang Biologists studying extracellular RNA (exRNA) — and the tiny spherical structures known as exosomes that shuttle this genetic information from cell to cell — typically focus on mammals. As long ago as the 1960s, however, scientists found
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Journaling improves many skills, including some beyond writing.Credit: Bradly Burke Since my school days, long before I started working on a microbiology PhD at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, I have kept a handwritten journal to log my thoughts and feelings as a means of self-expression. My journal helps me to piece together disjointed
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Scientists are still debating the hidden factors that govern mountain growth, but now, researchers may have finally solved this mystery. Mountains are “alive” and grow. The process could take billions of Earth years. According to a study recently published in the journal Nature, the tectonic forces beneath Earth’s mountains are the ones controlling their growth instead
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Four deaths and 31 hospitalizations are attributed to enoki mushrooms in what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified as a listeria outbreak. Listeria is a disease that is caused by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis or listeria infection can be fatal to at-risk people. Although listeria infection is not common,
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Credit: Adapted from Getty After my grant application was rejected, I needed something to cheer me up. I found it in three crucial words in the ‘Going to work’ section of the UK government’s catchily titled document ‘Staying alert and safe (social distancing)’, published on 11 May. The words in question were “and scientific research”.