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Scientists at Ames Laboratory’s Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP) have discovered a chemical method that turns recycled plastics into biodegradable, use chemicals that can be used as surfactants and detergents in a variety of applications. Plastics may have more sustainable and cost-effective lifecycles as a result of this process. (Photo : Magda Ehlers)
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Los Alamos in New Mexico, a major nuclear-weapons site during the Second World War.Credit: John Dambik/Alamy Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States Alex Wellerstein Univ. Chicago Press (2021) In March 1950, an official from the Atomic Energy Commission — then the guardian of US nuclear secrets — oversaw the burning
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A nurse in Italy prepares a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.Credit: Pasquale Senatore/Pacific Press/Shutterstock It has been a difficult week for two COVID-19 vaccines. On 13 April, US regulators urged health-care providers to temporarily stop using a vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, because of 6 suspected cases of
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Research on fetal tissue, such as the lung tissue shown here, has drawn controversy for years.Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library The United States is reversing restrictions on fetal-tissue research set by former president Donald Trump’s administration, allowing government scientists to resume studies using the biological material, and cancelling an extra ethics review of grant proposals
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There’s no doubt that travel has a positive effect on the environment, from growing cultural awareness to assisting in wildlife conservation. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel industry is one of the strongest in the world, employing 10% of the global workforce, or 313 million people.  (Photo : 5 Tips To
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In Europe, bumblebees pollinate the flowers called foxgloves, but foxgloves that spread to the Americas are also pollinated by hummingbirds and have evolved as a result. Credit: Getty Ecology 16 April 2021 Flowers adapt to welcome the birds — but not the bees Once in the Americas, foxgloves swiftly evolved under pressure by pollinating hummingbirds.
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Red Sea Research Center (RSRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia Carlos M. Duarte, Susana Agusti & Milica Predragovic Arctic Research Centre, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Carlos M. Duarte Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia Carlos M. Duarte Department of Economics, Colorado
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Anti-vaccine protesters voice their disapproval outside pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s New York City headquarters. Credit: Matthew McDermott/Polaris/eyevine In March, Twitter put its foot down: users who repeatedly spread false information about COVID-19 vaccines will have their accounts suspended or shut down. It was a new front in a high-stakes battle over misinformation that could help to
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A health worker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares to care for people infected with Ebola virus during the 2018–20 outbreak, which prompted an extensive genomic analysis. Credit: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Genomics 15 April 2021 An unprecedented genomic analysis helped to curb an Ebola outbreak Despite extraordinary challenges, scientists managed to sequence a high
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People wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Mumbai.Credit: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP via Getty India, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of vaccines, is facing a COVID-19 vaccine crunch, partly due to an explosion of cases linked to new variants. This spells trouble for many countries relying on Indian-made vaccines supplied through
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Most animals are misunderstood, tortured by fallacies about their behaviors and traits. Some falsehoods are centered on old legends. Others outcome of distortions, exaggerations, misunderstandings, and even intentional fabrications put together by self-serving humans. Yet even when scientific study reveals these misguided beliefs for what they are, many remain surprisingly difficult to eliminate. Chances are
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Listen to the latest science news, with Nick Petrić Howe and Shamini Bundell. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:45 How failing sanitation infrastructure is causing a US public health crisis In the US, huge numbers of people live without access to adequate sanitation. Environmental-health advocate Catherine Coleman
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Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), The Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology (BIST), Barcelona, Spain Ernest Latorre, Laura Casares, Manuel Gómez-González, Marina Uroz, Léo Valon, Elena Garreta, Nuria Montserrat, Marino Arroyo & Xavier Trepat LaCàN, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech, Barcelona, Spain Ernest Latorre, Sohan Kale & Marino Arroyo INM-Leibniz Institut für Neue Materialien, Saarbrücken, Germany Roshna V. Nair & Aránzazu del Campo Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red
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Climate change would have a significant effect on global food production and health.  According to new studies, if consumers, agricultural companies, governments, and foreign organizations do little, climate change would have a significant effect on global food supply and health. (Photo : Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Call for Climate Action (Photo : Pixabay) The
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Startup of Elon Musk’s brain-implant Neuralink shares a video showing a monkey making use of its device to play ” Ping Pong” with its mind  (Photo : Simon) Neuralink’s Devices  Neuralink named the experiment an “initial demonstration of the potential capabilities” of its high-tech brain chips, although it’s not clear whether the outcomes will be
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Companies in search of breakthrough products tend to disregard the greatest invention machine in the world: life’s over three-billion-year evolution history by natural selection. By observing dogs, birds, sharks, and other creatures of the wild, scientists and engineers have developed many new products whose inspiration came from these animals and their physical characteristics. (Photo :
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President Joe Biden released his first proposed budget for the United States on 9 April.Credit: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/Getty US President Joe Biden unveiled his first proposed budget on 9 April, and it signaled strong support for research and development. The spending plan would provide across-the-board increases in science funding and inject billions into the
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A nurse immunizes a teacher in Granada, Spain, with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.Credit: Carlos Gil Andreu/Getty The very rare occurrence of a mysterious blood-clotting disorder among some recipients of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has researchers scrambling to uncover whether and how the inoculation could trigger such an unusual reaction. After weeks of investigation, the European Medicines
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Noah Baker and Amy Maxmen talk whistle-blowers, politics and COVID surveillance Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 Rick Bright exposed former president Trump’s political meddling in the US COVID response. Now he is championing a new privately funded initiative to track viral spread and combat new variants. We discuss the challenges
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Fresh scientific collaborations lead to exciting results. Credit: Getty Human behaviour 09 April 2021 Want fresh results? Analysis of thousands of papers suggests trying new teammates A deep dive into the physical-science literature links the most original research with the most recently formed teams of co-authors. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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