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Sea wall gates close during an emergency-preparedness test in Numazu in Japan’s Tokai region. A nearby fault has unleashed earthquakes and tsunamis on the region for centuries. Credit: Franck Robichon/EPA/Shutterstock Geology 26 November 2019 Great earthquakes have roiled a central region of Japan a number of times during the past two millennia. The scars of
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The compound that gives mushrooms such as Psilocybe azurescens hallucinogenic properties also makes them go blue when damaged. Credit: Getty Chemistry 26 November 2019 Scientists isolate two enzymes that paint psilocybin-laden mushrooms an unearthly colour. As if in protest, the stems of many species of mushroom instantly turn blue when they are plucked. The mechanism
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French icebreaker L’Astrolabe off the coast of Dumont d’Urvilleis station in Antarctica. The ship is unable to travel there this summer because of damage to its propeller.Credit: NPL/Alamy Australia will transport researchers and vital supplies to France’s Antarctic research stations next month. The stations were in danger of being left without means of obtaining some
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In the age of high technology, we are all exposed to heavy loads, both physical and mental. Modern people are in constant emotional and nervous tension. The only effective way to help the brain relax is to switch its attention to something else. The best way to do this is physical activity, intense body movements.
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How researchers in China behave has an impact on the global scientific community. With more than four million researchers, China has more science and technology personnel than any other nation. In 2008, it overtook the United Kingdom in the number of articles indexed in the Web of Science, and now ranks second in the world.
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Water vapour over the continental United States is shown in this satellite image from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Credit: NOAA/GOES Meteorologists are worried about a ruling last week that means 5G signals could
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An international team of scientists, led by the University of Manchester, has developed a metal-organic framework, or MOF, material that provides a selective, fully reversible and repeatable capability to capture a toxic air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide, produced by combusting diesel and other fossil fuels. The material then requires only water and air to convert the
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NASA denied that there are living “insect- and reptile-like creatures” on Mars, after a professor at Ohio University made the controversial claim earlier this week. Alana Johnson, NASA’s Public Affairs Officer, told Fox News in a statement that the collective general opinion of the large majority of the scientific community is that current conditions on Mars; surface
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You might think that critical comments from robots are only saying what they’ve been programmed to say, with no consciousness or feelings of their own. However, new research unveiled that trash-talking droids make human beings sad and unproductive. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) published their study from its Robotics Institute. Fei Fang, a computer scientist from CMU,
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Aside from the family and the bedroom that we look forward to when going home, sitting on a couch while drinking something gives you a sense of comfort and peace of mind. A glass of wine is one good example. Wines, in general, are alcoholic beverages. However, unlike other liquors, they are made from natural
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San Francisco is a rather excellent tourist destination year-round. Like other coastal West Coast cities in the USA, San Francisco has a temperate climate. The average temperature difference between July (the hottest month) and January (the coldest month) is only 7 degrees Celsius (the average highs between these months range from 10 to 15 degrees
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Cells from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a fatal childhood cancer. Lab tests have identified a drug combination that effectively attacks the class of tumours that includes this glioma. Credit: Shawn Gillespie, Monje Lab Cancer 22 November 2019 Mass screening turns up a therapy that holds promise for treating a highly aggressive class of tumours.
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Water vapour over the continental United States is shown in this satellite image from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Credit: NOAA/GOES The international agency that regulates global telecommunications agreed to new radio-frequency standards on 21 November. Meteorologists say the long-awaited decision threatens the future of weather forecasting worldwide, by allowing transmissions from mobile-phone
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