Month: April 2020

Relative calm: the Sun as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (Courtesy: NASA/SDO) The Sun appears to be far less active than other similar stars, an international team of astronomers has discovered. Timo Reinhold at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research  and colleagues made the unexpected discovery after studying long-term data gathered by the
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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
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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:
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Researchers at NYU have identified hundreds of groups of Instagram users, some with thousands of members, that systematically exchange likes and comments in order to game the service’s algorithms and boost visibility. In the process, they also trained machine learning agent to identify whether a post has been juiced in this way. “Pods,” as they’ve
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Coronavirus causes severe respiratory illness in some people.Credit: Zhang Yazi/China News Service via Getty An experimental drug — and one of the world’s best hopes against COVID-19 — could shorten the time to recovery from coronavirus infection, according to the largest and most rigorous clinical trial of the compound. The experimental drug, called remdesivir, interferes
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LONDON (Reuters) – One of the world’s largest lunar meteorites goes on private sale at Christie’s on Thursday, valued at 2 million pounds ($2.49 million). The moon rock, weighing over 13.5 kg, was probably struck off the surface of the moon by a collision with an asteroid or comet and then showered down on the
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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the SmallSat Alliance have asked the SBA to change how it defines a small business. WASHINGTON — Industry groups representing space and other technology sectors are asking the U.S. government to change rules that make many startups ineligible to receive Small Business Administration loans to help pay workers during the
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If Canada’s political climate concern sounds like a sham to you, be assured that it often does to many Canadians, also. The irony was not lost on us when, in July, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that we were officially in a “climate emergency” just one day before approving a massive new fossil fuel
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1. Rowley, M. J. & Corces, V. G. Organizational principles of 3D genome architecture. Nat. Rev. Genet. 19, 789–800 (2018). 2. Ng, T. M., Waples, W. G., Lavoie, B. D. & Biggins, S. Pericentromeric sister chromatid cohesion promotes kinetochore biorientation. Mol. Biol. Cell 20, 3818–3827 (2009). 3. Weber, S. A. et al. The kinetochore is
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One of Orsted’s offshore wind farms, located off the coast of north-west England. Alan Morris | iStock Editorial | Getty Images Orsted reported Wednesday that its operating profit for the first quarter rose 33% compared to the same period in 2019, adding that it has “no indication” the coronavirus will significantly impact its earnings this
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Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to identify an underlying genomic signature for 29 different DNA sequences of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, providing an important tool for vaccine and drug developers. This new data discovery tool will allow researchers to quickly and easily classify a deadly virus like SARS-CoV-2 in just minutes, according
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Strawberry plant: nanosensors have been used to monitor chemical communications in strawberry and other plants. (Courtesy: Betty Cai/CC BY-SA 4.0) Light-emitting nanosensors have been used to measure chemical signals that propagate through living plants in response to damage. Tedrick Lew and Michael Strano at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an international team created the
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Lyft is laying off 982 employees and furloughing 288 others in an effort to reduce operating expenses and adjust cash flows due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the company announced Wednesday in a regulatory filing.  Lyft stock was up nearly 4% Wednesday afternoon, amid a broader market rally. The layoffs account for 17% of the workforce,
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Contrasting colours: The blue colour in the scales of a female Junonia rhadama butterfly is due to the scales’ nanoscale structure, not their chemical pigmentation. (Courtesy: Rachel Thayer) The shimmering wings of certain butterfly species are well-known examples of “structural” colour – that is, colour produced by light-scattering nanostructures rather than by reflection from coloured
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Across the world, personal and professional lives have been profoundly affected during the past few months – and scientists are no exception. In this episode of the Physics World Stories podcast, we find out how physics and physicists are adapting to coronavirus-related lockdowns. Among physicists – as with many professions – there is a growing realisation
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The need for food banks has risen during the coronavirus pandemic.Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Capital and Ideology Thomas Piketty Harvard Univ. Press (2020) The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating inequalities around the world. Read against this backdrop, economist Thomas Piketty’s latest book is timely, but partial. In Capital and Ideology (first published as Capital et
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