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Margaret Burbidge was the director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory from 1972 to 1973.Credit: Emilio Segre Visual Archives/American Institute of Physics/SPL In 1957, a landmark paper brought together theoretical and observational studies supporting the idea that all the heavier elements in the Universe, from carbon to uranium, were synthesized in stars through nuclear fusion. The
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Are you Looking for a tire repair kit to keep your mind worry-free when on the road?  Amazon.com offers these amazing repair kits to choose from:  (Photo : Amazon)AUTOWN Tire Repair Kit Autown Tire Repair Kits are made of high-quality steel, and its tire puncture repair set has great adhesion, flexibility, shock absorption, and can
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Keeping a first aid kit for dogs or cats on hand is one of the best preparation for emergencies. If you are a pet parent, following an emergency for your four-legged loved one is necessary, especially if you are traveling or are staying outdoors for days. However, preparing the kit itself can be overwhelming.  Amazon.com
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Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 02:08 Betting on antibodies Antibody tests could play a key role in understanding how the virus has spread through populations, and in ending lockdowns. We discuss concerns over their reliability, how they could be used, and the tantalising
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Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria and some auto-immune diseases.Credit: Manish Swarup/AP/Shutterstock People with COVID-19 who arrive at the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition in Mexico City to search for treatment can choose from a menu of clinical trials, carefully presented by a worker trained to offer an unbiased portrait of
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When reports emerged in late 2019 of an outbreak of a new coronavirus centred in Wuhan, China, researchers at the virological-analysis website Nextstrain were ready. The open-source project tracks the spread of viruses through genetic variations in the sequences that scientists find. After five years of development and operation, Nextstrain had team members on three
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A growing number of influential conservationists and scientists believe that the key to keeping the planet habitable is to protect half of the Earth. The rapid expansion of humans goes unabated, with the burning and bulldozing of nature, destruction of ecosystems, and the driving of species into extinction.  Conservation biologist E.O. Wilson published Half Earth: Our
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The American Physical Society decided to hold its April Meeting online.Credit: American Physical Society Despite some last-minute scrambling, the first major physics conference to be held in cyberspace was a success, according to many attendees. The April Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) was scheduled to take place on 11–14 April in Washington DC.
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An aid worker provides protective face masks to migrants in Greece.Credit: Manolis Lagoutaris/AFP/Getty There are 70 million refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers around the world. Close living quarters, significant underlying health problems and limited access to sanitation and medical care mean that COVID-19 — which has no known treatment and has brought some of
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The coronavirus pandemic has laid many things bare, none more so than how interconnected our world is. The impact of globalization is most obvious in the stuttering supply chains that threaten food security worldwide. Maintaining or reweaving these webs is going to take technology, innovation and political determination. As chief economist at the Food and
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For diabetics, a diabetes kit is a lifeline. People with diabetes are advised to monitor their blood sugar or blood glucose regularly. Keeping track of the sugar levels provides them the necessary information so you may be able to adjust and do the essential strategies on how to keep their blood sugar in check. For
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The Nature Index is a database of author affiliations and institutional relationships. The index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural-science journals, chosen by an independent group of researchers. The Nature Index provides absolute and fractional counts of article publication at the institutional and national level and, as such, is an indicator
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Sharks, whales, seals, and sea turtles, the largest animals in the oceans with a body mass that exceeds 45 kilograms, make up the marine megafauna.  These species play significant roles in the ecosystems: it could be eating up a tremendous amount of biomass, carrying vital nutrients across habitats through their excretion, linking ocean ecosystems through long-distance migration, and
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A visualization of a collision between two differently sized black holes.Credit: N. Fischer, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration Rare black-hole collision opens new window on Universe Gravitational-wave astronomers have for the first time detected a collision between two black holes of substantially different masses —
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According to a new study, the endangered ring-tailed lemurs (scientific name: Lemur catta) from Madagascar engage in “stink flirting” to attract mates during the breeding season.  To impress female lemurs, the males wipe the smelly chemicals that they secrete from their wrist glands onto their fluffy tails, which they then waft to the potential mates they are wooing.
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Several laboratories in the US are offering antibody tests for COVID-19, but the results require nuanced interpretation.Credit: Beaumont Health Last week, laboratories across the United States launched initiatives to test hundreds of thousands of people for antibodies against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. And they’re telling those people the results — despite uncertainty about what
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An invasive and deadly plant pathogen is now threatening billions worth of olive trees in Europe. The bacterium called the Xylella fastidiosa causes diseases in a variety of plants. It causes Pierce’s disease in grapevines, peach phony disease, variegated chlorosis in citrus, plum leaf scald, olive scorch, leave scorch diseases on almond, coffee, pecan, oleander, among
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Credit: Shutterstock As cancer cells spread in a culture dish, Guillaume Jacquemet is watching. The cell movements hold clues to how drugs or gene variants might affect the spread of tumours in the body, and he is tracking the nucleus of each cell in frame after frame of time-lapse microscopy films. But because he has
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When traveling overseas, it is most likely that you would need the right travel adapter or converter to charge or power up your electric gadgets like smartphones, laptops, and other electrical appliances to keep in touch with the rest of the world.  Picking up the right charger is challenging as it requires a basic understanding
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A preliminary report has been published in the bioRxiv website detailing what could possibly be the first “significant” mutation of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19. Experts, however, told Newsweek that the discovery is not likely to jeopardize the efforts in creating a vaccine. The study authors examined 106 genetic samples of the virus and compared them with 39
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Credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova/Getty “Find your passion” is, I think, one of the most overused and unhelpful clichés spouted on university campuses. The idea that everyone has a fixed set of interests is harmful, because it encourages us to drop subjects that don’t instantly bedazzle us. It creates the illusion that the perfect project will always
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Some scientists think that specially trained dogs may be able to help win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. They are hoping to train such dogs to detect the disease by sniffing it out in humans. This strategy is not a new phenomenon. Dogs have been trained to detect various medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease,
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Limited global testing for coronavirus (yellow) has led researchers to try to estimate the prevalence of infection within specific communities.Credit: CDC/Science Photo Library Widespread antibody testing in a Californian county has revealed a much higher prevalence of coronavirus infection than official figures suggested. The findings also indicate that the virus is less deadly than current
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Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 01:15 Understanding bottlenecks After listening to last week’s episode of Coronapod, researchers in the USA were inspired to start collecting data about the challenges facing labs carrying out testing. After more than 4,000 responses to their online survey,
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Credit: Matthew Horwood/Getty While science is crucial to the fight against COVID-19, researchers confined to their homes and unable to carry on with grant-funded work are becoming increasingly concerned about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect their funding. The disruption — such as the closure of labs and universities — means researchers face challenges in
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There had once been at least 17,000 known apple varieties found in orchards across North America. Many of these strains have since become extinct, with only 15 apple varieties now accounting for 90% of apples produced by the U.S.  However, in the Pacific Northwest, Gillian Flaccus reports that retirees have re-discovered ten of the varieties once considered gone entirely. These varieties
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Far from being a rainforest and vast wilderness, certain Amazonian areas were cultivated by people for crop-growing. An international team of scientists has discovered that humans residing in remote regions of now present-day Bolivia were planting crops such as cassava, squash, and maize. Inhabitants also developed thousands of “forest islands” which are small mounds of lands, and
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Credit: Adapted from Getty For me, one of the biggest things to come to terms with, as I’m locked down in the United Kingdom, is not being able to go to my lab or my office at Imperial College, London. I realized the extent to which I was missing work when I told my children
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Bruno Díaz López, a behavior ecologist and director of Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute in Pontevedra, Spain, studied bottlenose dolphins at the Gulf of Aranci in Italy. With the use of photo-identification surveys, he studied the reactions of 24 dolphins between the years 2004 & 2011. He introduced the dolphins to various things such as a
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Humour is one way for women in academia to face the pandemic’s consequences for their work and family lives. Last month, a viral Twitter post read, “The next person who tweets about how productive Isaac Newton was while working from home gets my three year old posted to them!” Since COVID-19 closed my university on
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