The virgin birth is possible, at least for Cape Honey Bees. Researchers from the University of Sydney were able to identify the single gene on Cape Honey Bees that enables then to reproduce sans the sex. The one gene responsible for the virgin birth is GB45239 on chromosome 11, the researchers reported. Behavioural Geneticist Professor Benjamin Oldroyd of
Air-pollution surges in Santiago have been traced to the smoke that wafts up from match-day barbecues. Credit: Fernando Lavoz/NurPhoto/Getty Environmental sciences 12 May 2020 Chilean fans’ fervour for grilling leads to pollution spikes when the national team plays. The skies of Santiago grow murky during the national football team’s biggest matches — because fans fire
CuriO uses tactile and audible signals.Credit: Krishna Thiruvengadam “Technology is now essential to the lives of blind people, yet many computer programs and devices aren’t universally accessible,” says Jo Fullerton, Technology for Life Coordinator at the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Edinburgh, UK. While pursuing a master’s degree in integrated product design at
Scientists from the Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging has published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing how older people who used little amounts of tea, apples, and berries, or flavonoid-rich food, were 2 to 4 times more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias
Science organizations warn that thousands of researchers could lose their jobs in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns.Credit: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg/Getty Research in Australia will face drastic cuts in funding and jobs as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shut-downs, according to a report by organizations representing the country’s researchers and academia. Universities in Australia
[embedded content] As the coronavirus spreads, so does an infodemic of misinformation. Researchers across the world are attempting to understand the viral power of fake news, collecting data and building models that could suggest methods for countering its spread. This film explores what makes misinformation so potent, the impact it can have on the spread
Geologists think they know the basics of Earth’s history. Liquid water has flowed on the planet for 4 billion years1. Tiny amounts of oxygen first gathered in the atmosphere about 2.3 billion years ago2. And the planet went through many periods of climatic upheaval, from freezing completely 700 million years ago3 to warming so rapidly
Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Credit: Katie Orlinsky for National Geographic This aerial view shows the Batagaika crater, a massive land slump in Siberia that formed in the 1960s when deforestation caused the permafrost to melt. The tadpole-shaped crater is about
There are multiple reasons that blood clots could be forming in people with COVID-19.Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library Purple rashes, swollen legs, clogged catheters and sudden death — blood clots, large and small, are a frequent complication of COVID-19, and researchers are just beginning to untangle why. For weeks, reports have poured in of the
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 01:02 How is coronavirus spreading in group settings? In order to successfully stop the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have to understand how the virus is spreading among groups unable to isolate. We hear about efforts to uncover levels of
More than 60 coronavirus tests have been approved for emergency use in an effort to keep pace with the pandemic.Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty The US drug regulator has granted its first emergency-use approval for a new coronavirus test that takes advantage of the gene-editing technology CRISPR on 6 May. The US Food
Like many researchers, Rita Sattler is trained to conduct science, not to draw it. But papers still need writing — and illustrating. So when the time comes to document what her team has done for a journal article, Sattler does what her colleagues frequently do: she fires up PowerPoint. Microsoft’s tool for creating and displaying
Being cooped up at home comes with a lot of challenges, but don’t overlook the benefits — such as wearing cosy slippers and quick naps on the couch.Credit: Adapted from Getty So, we’re five weeks in. Looking back, some of these diary entries might come across as a bit negative. For what it’s worth: I
When Albert-László Barabási, a computational scientist at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, submitted a paper to the preprint server bioRxiv last month, he received an unexpected response. The biomedical repository would no longer accept manuscripts making predictions about treatments for COVID-19 solely on the basis of computational work. The bioRxiv team suggested that Barabási submit
Half of all US physicians actually experience burn-out, according to internist Colin West, who has studied at the Mayo Clinic on physician well-being for over 15 years. A journal Cureus review in 2018 described it to be a combination of perceived inefficacy, cynicism, and exhaustion. The pandemic has burdened the frontline health care workers with the system’s
Genomic analysis of remains from the fifteenth-century Inca site Machu Picchu helped scientists to map the movements of Andean peoples over millennia. Credit: Martin St-Amant/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0) Genomics 07 May 2020 The diverse residents of the Inca and Tiwanaku capitals could trace their origins to far-flung locations. A child who was sacrificed some 500 years
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is among the weirdest dinosaurs to have ever roamed the Earth. It is 50 feet long and seven tons in weight, with an enormous “sail” upon its back, an elongated snout resembling a crocodile’s, and conical teeth. Past reconstructions of its body included a narrowing tail akin to those of its theropod cousins.
Exotic atoms are those in which one or more of the constituents of normal atoms have been replaced by an exotic particle, such as an antimatter particle. These atoms can then be probed to search for any tiny discrepancies in their properties from those predicted by models using techniques that underpin the world’s most accurate
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Our digestive systems harbour more bacterial cells than there are human cells in our bodies. Although the often-mentioned estimate of a tenfold excess of microorganisms over human cells might exaggerate the ratio1, even conservative estimates2 accord the microbes numerical dominance at a ratio of about 1.3:1. These close gut microbial neighbours of ours comprise around
Disabled people including myself have long campaigned for accommodations to help us live our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic shows that these are not as impractical as we have always been told. Supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacies (even outside cities) can deliver; remote working, medicine and education are possible for many; and social lives can be rewarding
In 2018, psychiatrist Oleguer Plana-Ripoll was wrestling with a puzzling fact about mental disorders. He knew that many individuals have multiple conditions — anxiety and depression, say, or schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He wanted to know how common it was to have more than one diagnosis, so he got his hands on a database containing
I interview people who lived in the past. I’m an anthropologist at Tel Aviv University in Israel, but I call myself a biohistorian. I’m trying to understand human history, not from human artefacts, temples or big walls surrounding old cities, but from bones. They record every important aspect of your life: what you eat, your
Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Alastair Fyfe Ephemeral labels are springing up on the plucky plants that inhabit urban streets. ‘Rebel botanists’ are chalking names near weeds and trees to strengthen people’s connection to nature and raise awareness of overlooked flora.
As scientists work to understand the biology of the coronavirus that has infected millions of people globally, economists are striving to make sense of the pandemic’s dramatic effects on the world’s economies. The unprecedented situation is causing many economies, including the United Kingdom’s, to contract faster and deeper than any time in the past century.
Credit: Bogdan Dreava/EyeEm/Getty In 2017, I moved from the University of California (UC) San Francisco to UC San Diego, where I set up my own laboratory. I was excited about fulfilling my vision of applying neuroscience research to improve mental health. But the first day I opened my lab door, physically it was just me
Do you always dream of traveling to different countries yet is still constrained by the budget that it entails? Perhaps grabbing these books can help you reach the destinations of your dreams on a shoestring budget. Grab the perfect travel book guide for you in Amazon.com: (Photo : Amazon)Travel for Free Interested in being a
The USFDA or US Food & Drug Administration has authorized remdesivir for emergency use last Friday. The early phase of clinical trials showed that remdesivir, an anti-viral drug, has some preliminary promising results for treating COVID-19 patients. This USFDA EUA or Emergency Use Authorization will allow healthcare workers to give the anti-viral drug to COVID-19
An experimental vaccine for COVID-19 from Sinovac Biotech in Beijing.Credit: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Less than five months after the world first learnt about the new coronavirus causing fatal pneumonia in Wuhan, China, there are more than 90 vaccines for the virus at various stages of development, with more announced each week. At least six are already
Credit: Adapted from Getty Like most people’s, my working life at the moment is far from normal. It’s not so much the working from home — it’s the never leaving home. I miss the familiar surroundings of work, especially my plants. I have lived in my current house for 10 years; I have worked at
A paper has been published in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal featuring insights on how planetary systems and planets form. Astronomers have been able to photograph 15 images showing planet-forming disks and their inner rims. The disks are hundreds of light years from the Earth. The study is entitled: “A family portrait of disk inner rims
There are no easy solutions to balancing work and family during the lockdown.Credit: Simon Ritzmann/Getty The flood of e-mails began on Sunday 15 March. All schools in Switzerland had been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and teachers were sending instructions about what they expected me to teach my sons, aged eight and nine, in
The Oxford University’s Jenner Institute forged a partnership with Astra Zeneca for the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine that the Jenner Institute is developing. Oxford University’s Jenner Institute appears to be one of the groups worldwide ahead in the race in developing a vaccine against COVID-19. The institute is not a commercial biopharma, but their focus is
Credit: Adapted from Getty The number of new papers on the COVID-19 pandemic is doubling every two weeks, and shows no sign of slowing. Many of these papers are published first on preprint servers, which means they are made public before having undergone peer review. This makes it all the harder to judge their merit.
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 01:10 Can contact-tracing apps help? Governments around the world are banking on smartphone apps to help end the spread of the coronavirus. But how effective might these apps might be? What are the risks? And how should they
Recently, scientists have observed that a hole over the Arctic Circle’s ozone layer has closed. It was a large, massive, and unusual hole that opened up this spring. The CAMS or Copernicus’ Atmosphere Monitoring Service first took note of the hole early this April, saying that the values of the ozone columns from the area recently attained a record low, with most
Credit: Emilio Segre Visual Archives/American Institute of Physics/SPL Philip Warren Anderson, who has died aged 96, led the development of condensed-matter physics. In 1977, he won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of electron localization, whereby disordered metals become insulators, and for his pioneering work on magnetism. His studies of
Of course, you love your four-legged friends but the smell they leave in your carpets and artificial grass can be quite irritating. Here are some Stain and Odor Eliminator from Amazon.com that will help solve your problem. (Photo : Amazon)Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator Do you feel like giving up with
A paint sample (right) atop a white underlayer stays cooler in the sunlight than a sample of the same paint on its own (left). Credit: Jyotirmoy Mandal Optics and photonics 30 April 2020 A simple design allows heat-reflective paints to move beyond plain white. A layer of dark paint effectively reflects the Sun’s rays if
Affiliations Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142, USA Nada Y. Kalaany & David M. Sabatini Department of Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139, USA Nada Y. Kalaany & David M. Sabatini Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139, USA
The U.S.’ National Hurricane Center is currently stepping up the warnings it issues on storm surges by starting to publish maps this coming summer. These maps will show the areas where upcoming tropical storms will likely cause floods along the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf. The color storm surge maps will serve a
[embedded content] A new fossil suggests that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus was a swimming predator powered by a fin-like tail, making it potentially unique amongst non-avian dinosaurs. The find comes after decades of debate on how much of its life Spinosaurus would have spent in the water, and how reliant they might have been on aquatic prey.
Researchers have made new inroads into understanding aerosol treatments for asthma to help in improvements of the drug in the future. Such innovation can potentially help asthma patients. Asthma is a disease of the lungs that affects around 330 million people all over the world. It is a major worldwide health concern. Presently, the best
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Do you constantly look for your gadget accessories? Are you bothered by the way your charger keeps on tangling with your other wires? Worry no more. Amazon.com offers a variety of gadget organizers designed to organize your gadgets and its accessories in place while keeping it safe from spills and shock from constant traveling. (Photo:
How to read these graphics The top 10 global institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables are listed here with circles representing each institution’s overall Share in 2019 and the Share for each subject. Each circle’s area is sized proportionally to Share. Overall and subject ranks are also shown. See the 2020 Annual Tables
The ICU of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo always keeps an extra bed open for coronavirus patients who suddenly take a turn for the worse. They also save it for any coronavirus patient who could arrive at any hour of the day. Fumie Sakamoto manages the St. Luke’s International Hospital’s infection control division. She said that