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The Disordered Cosmos Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Bold Type (2021) Aged ten, writes theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, “I thought that I could keep my curiosity about the mathematics of the universe and the existence and function of racism separate.” In fact, she became a leading Black activist in US academia, co-organizing last year’s Strike for Black Lives.
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During the pandemic, technology companies have been pitching their emotion-recognition software for monitoring workers and even children remotely. Take, for example, a system named 4 Little Trees. Developed in Hong Kong, the program claims to assess children’s emotions while they do classwork. It maps facial features to assign each pupil’s emotional state into a category
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This storm-water pond, which collects runoff from nearby Gothenburg, is part of a larger effort to help the Swedish city live up to its billing as the ‘Greenest City on Earth’. It’s an accolade that’s well deserved, yet Gothenburg could still do better. In this picture, from late November 2020, I’m taking water samples to
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Over the weekend, Manatee County, Florida, was under a state of emergency, with more than 300 homes ordered to evacuate due to a wastewater reservoir spill. (Photo : LuAnn Hunt on Unsplash) Phosphate Leak (Photo : FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Finally Represented Innovational Climate Model to Predict Water Needs) After a major leak at a large pond
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The reappearance of the humpback whale’s populations over the past five decades is said to be one of the great global conservation success stories. And presently, the federal Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment is thinking about erasing the species from Australia’s threatened list. (Photo : Getty Images) Population of Humpback Whales Humpback whales
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Hippos and cetaceans are direct relatives, but their mutual “aquatic” skin traits weren’t gotten from a common ancestor. A recent study shows that the closely smooth, almost hairless skin of whales and hippopotamuses developed independently. (Photo : Getty Images) The Flight Evolution  The work proposes that their final common ancestor was probably a terrestrial mammal,
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A vaccinator prepares a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.Credit: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty In mid-March, several European countries paused distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine made by the University of Oxford, UK, and the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, following reports that some people had developed blood-clotting disorders after receiving the jab. The decisions were based on a group
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Food and surfaces are sampled for traces of the virus at a wet market in China.Credit: Wei Liang/China News Service via Getty Researchers say that a World Health Organization (WHO) report on the pandemic’s origins offers an in-depth summary of available data, including unseen granular details. But much remains to be done to establish the
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Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a “smart” device that harvests daylight and relays it to underground spaces, reducing the need for traditional energy sources. (Photo : American Public Power Association on Unsplash) Authorities in Singapore consider whether it is feasible to dig deeper underground to create new space for infrastructure,
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Credit: Jonas Bergstrand The competition to be crowned the fastest, strongest or most technically proficient sportsperson on the planet will once again reach its peak this summer when athletes descend on Tokyo for the Olympic Games. The global pandemic might rule out the throng of enthusiastic spectators that are typical of such an event, but
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Listen to the latest science news, with Benjamin Thompson and Nick Petrić Howe. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:44 Cooling antimatter with a laser focus Antimatter is annihilated whenever it interacts with regular matter, which makes it tough for physicists to investigate. Now though, a team at
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My work focuses on a side of Ireland that few visitors ever see: the temperate rainforest of Killarney National Park, a 10,200-hectare reserve near the southwest coast. The climate here — usually damp and, by Irish standards, relatively warm, with temperatures in autumn afternoons typically edging beyond 10 °C — creates ideal growing conditions for all
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A farmer in Ethiopia harvests teff, a cereal. Small farms tend to have more-diverse landscapes than do sprawling industrial operations. Credit: Andia/Universal Images Group/Getty Environmental sciences 29 March 2021 Small farms outdo big ones on biodiversity — and crop yields Large-scale farms account for most of the global food supply, but smallholdings protect species and
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On a plethora of environmental concerns, the Biden administration is poised to take significant steps. (Photo : (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images))WILMINGTON, DE – DECEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his climate and energy appointments, including Congresswoman Deb Haaland, at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE. Secretary of Interior nominee
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Back when marsupial lions, mega wombats, and sheep-sized echidnas walked the ancient lands of Australia, there lived also an enormous flightless bird called the ‘demon duck of doom’ by some, paleontologist Trevor Worthy describes the Dromornis stirtoni as an “extreme evolutionary experiment.” “It would seem these large birds were likely what evolution created when it
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Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra was the first prominent person identified by local media to have received a COVID-19 vaccine in violation of clinical-trial standards.Credit: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty A clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines in Peru has sparked outrage and triggered a series of high-profile resignations at universities and in government. Politicians, researchers and some of
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Subjected to pressures found 4 kilometres below the ocean surface, bacteria fare better (bottom) when fed the compound trimethylamine than bacteria that go without (top). Credit: Q. L. Qin et al./Sci. Adv. Microbiology 26 March 2021 How deep-sea bacteria thrive under pressure Microbes that survive in the dark depths import and process a molecule in
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The light of young galaxies has given astronomers a glimpse of some of the interwoven tendrils of gas (illustration) filling the Universe. Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/Science Photo Library Astronomy and astrophysics 26 March 2021 Faint galaxies light up the dark web filling the cosmos Dim, distant collections of stars hint at the early evolution of the Universe.