Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Artist’s reconstruction of the world’s oldest known modern bird, Asteriornis maastrichtensis, in its original environment.Phillip Krzeminski An extraordinary fossil skull belonged to the oldest modern bird ever found. The duck-sized Asteriornis maastrichtensis lived 66.7 million years
(Photo : Pixabay)Dog owners were in a panic last week from two reported cases of pet dogs being tested positive for COVID-19 in China and Hongkong. Public health and animal experts maintain there is little evidence that dogs get COVID-19. There is also no evidence indicating that these pets transmit COVID-19 to humans or animals.
Scientists recently found one primary reason why sea turtles get attracted to plastic and eat them– plastic smells like food. This ocean plastic debris and garbage that are covered with marine organisms such as algae are delicious-smelling to marine turtles. We know that plastic is deadly to turtles that ingest it. Because of unbridled human
Estimating the proportion of people who’ve been infected with the coronavirus but don’t have symptoms is a priority for researchers.Credit: Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty As coronavirus outbreaks surge worldwide, research teams are racing to understand a crucial epidemiological puzzle — what proportion of infected people have mild or no symptoms and might be passing the virus
In 2017, aerial photos of Île aux Cochons, an island between Madagascar and Antarctica showed vast spaces of rocks. A few years before, king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) stand flipper to flipper on the same island with an estimated crowd of some 500,000 pairs of nesting king penguin and their chicks. It appears that 90 percent of
Credit: Dag W. Grundseth/Aftenposten/NTB scanpix There was something of the Viking about Per Andersen. The intrepid and steadfast Norwegian was renowned for his attacks on the deepest puzzle of the brain: how its wiring and electrical activity give rise to behaviour and experience. When he was a student in the 1950s, most neuroscientists studied accessible
Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (yellow, artificially coloured), a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, succumb when exposed to a light-activated disinfectant. Credit: NIAID/SPL Materials science 20 March 2020 Ordinary lighting can activate a compound that attacks bacteria lurking on hospital surfaces. Disinfecting the surfaces in a hospital room could be as easy as flicking on the lights,
Reporter Lizzie Gibney caught up with Rosamund Pike to discuss the new film Radioactive, learning science for the role, and Marie Curie herself. Download MP3 Radioactive is a new biopic on Marie Skłodowska Curie with Rosamund Pike taking on the role of Curie. This Podcast Extra is an extended version of reporter Lizzie Gibney’s interview
Crews were dispatched to countless sites around Salt Lake County a day after the magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred. They fixed and documented damages, despite substantial aftershocks that are still happening around Magna, the site near the epicenter. The Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County issued emergency proclamations Wednesday to access federal funding opportunities to cover the
In the first of our new podcast series, Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the epidemiology needed to control the Covid-19 outbreak. Download MP3 In this episode: 03:57 Testing times Case numbers of Covid-19 have leapt around the world in recent days, but how many undetected cases are out there? We talk about
Climate change and its consequences have radically changed the way we view the world. We are all aware of how flimsy our products now are. The good old days of durable appliances and heavy-duty equipment and gadgets are but nostalgic memories of yesteryears. Fortunately, new rules on how to resolve this issue are now being proposed.
Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Pixar’s Toy Story, released in 1995, was Hollywood’s first fully computer-animated feature filmBuena Vista Pictures/Everett Collection/Alamy Special-effects pioneers Patrick Hanrahan and Edwin Catmull won the US$1 million A. M. Turing Award “for fundamental contributions to 3-D
A child receives polio drops in Pakistan, where outbreaks of the potentially paralysing disease have been traced to a vaccine no longer in use. Credit: Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Vaccines 20 March 2020 Dozens of polio outbreaks in the past few years have been linked to a polio vaccine that many nations abandoned in 2016.
Everyone has their own version of what constitutes an ideal vacation, and everyone has their own version of what represents being naughty. Many people visit destinations around the world that offer services to the more liberal vacationer, and it might be something that you’ve never considered wherever you decide to travel. Here’s a short list
The film of wine flowing down the inside of a glass can generate ‘tears of wine’. Credit: Alamy Fluid dynamics 20 March 2020 Shock waves might explain the flow of wine droplets after a glass is swirled. The mysterious phenomenon called ‘tears of wine’ is produced because of shock waves within the film of wine
Scientists are speculating that the Falkland Islands could experience a major tsunami in the future. They think that an ancient tsunami occurred from seafloor slope failures located at the British Overseas Territory’s southern side in the recent past. Computer models showed how underwater landslides could have sent waves that are at least ten metres in
To get the public to trust your work, let them in on your personal journey in science.Credit: Getty Scientists, especially those who study climate change and other controversial issues, often struggle to persuade a sceptical public to accept their findings. A study has found that even the most unbiased methods and carefully communicated data might
The asteroid collision (artist’s impression) that wiped out the dinosaurs spawned a fast-moving dust plume that shrouded the entire planet. Credit: Detlev Van Ravenswaay/SPL Geology 19 March 2020 Modelling finally explains how debris from a space rock’s impact travelled around the world. The huge asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago blanketed the
There is at least one tornado that was confirmed in Taylor County in the early morning, Thursday as reported by Big Country Homepage. Reports came in at 1:36 a.m. near Tye at the Taylor County Sheriff’s office. Another tornado was also seen near Impact. This is around 1:46 a.m. People in the Key City awakened to a Tornado
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By 2100, almost 50% of the world’s beaches may be gone, if nothing happens to alleviate the effects of climate change. These are the findings of a research by Vousdoukas et al. published recently in the Nature Climate Change journal. The study predicts that the densely populated coastlines of the world may experience significant erosion. Satellite imagery
Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Hillel Furstenberg (left) and Gregory Margulis were jointly awarded the 2020 Abel Prize.Credit: Yosef Adest, Dan Renzetti Two mathematicians who used randomness to cast new light on the certainties of mathematics will share the 2020 Abel
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A safe place is what many people worldwide today wish to have. The pandemic due to the coronavirus outbreak is getting worse each day, with reported cases now exceeding 190,000. A study has found that the virus has spread very fast due to “stealth transmissions.” This might make us think that there is nowhere to
We hear how have scientists stepped up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, and the potential social and political implications of the pandemic Download MP3 In this Podcast Extra, we hear from epidemiologists, genomicists and social scientists about how they’re working to tackle the coronavirus and what they’ve learned so far. Never miss an
Most scientists agree that climate change in the Arctic has caused the melting of permafrost at a rapid rate. The melting arctic also brought about new occurrence: it reemerged new viruses and bacteria that were long gone. Scientists are using these virus strains to study recent outbreaks and develop new potential vaccines and medicine to combat diseases.
Social distancing has been used to halt the transmission of the coronavirus in China.Credit: Getty As the new coronavirus marches around the globe, countries with escalating outbreaks are eager to learn whether China’s extreme lockdowns were responsible for bringing the crisis there under control. Other nations are now following China’s lead and limiting movement within
Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here A study to prod an antimony nucleus (buried in the middle of this device) with magnetic fields became one with electric fields when a key wire melted a gap in it.S. Asaad et al./Nature Researchers have
Bumblebees have complex interactions with their environment. Researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York have recently found that pumpkin and squash pollen have chemical, nutritional, and physical properties for defense that are not beneficial to bumblebees. A recent study suggests that cucurbit plants may have evolved an evolutionary means of repelling bumblebees from getting
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The Curiosity Rover has been NASA’s tool in understanding the potential habitability of Mars in the planet’s ancient past. It drilled deep into its rocks and studied their dust in order to determine the possibility of life on Mars. Intriguing clues have been discovered by Curiosity’s efforts, and scientists now follow up the clues and
Dozens of conferences have been cancelled around the world.Credit: Omar Marques/Getty This is shaping up to be an unusual year — it might even be the year scientists stop going to conferences. As the coronavirus pandemic marches around the world, leading to unprecedented measures to stop the virus’s spread, the number of scientific conferences being
Scanning electron microscope image of a human embryo in the early stages of cell division.Credit: P. M. Motta & S. Makabe/SPL The Dance of Life: The New Science of How a Single Cell Becomes a Human Being Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz & Roger Highfield Basic (2020) Studying the early development of humans and other mammals takes colossal
For the first time in 90 years, the world’s oldest pyramid was opened to the public after major repairs were done by Cintec, a British Engineering firm to save the first and the oldest pyramid from collapsing. Cintec strengthened the ancient pyramid by inserting mortars into voids in the walls.T The step pyramid of Djoser
The unveiling of an updated scenario for an earthquake in San Diego, California was made on Wednesday, just mere days before a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the region within Rose Canyon Fault. The scenario was unveiled at the National Earthquake Conference held at Sheraton Harbor Island. Several of the leading earthquake experts in the country
A crocodile watches as wildebeest in Kenya cross the Mara River, whose waters are enriched by the skeletons of the animals that perish during the crossing. Credit: Julie Picardi/Barcroft Media/Getty Biogeochemistry 13 March 2020 Migrating wildebeest that drown in an African river enrich its waters. The bones of long-dead wildebeest feed one of Earth’s most
An experimental vaccine against African swine fever can protect pigs for life.Credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Researchers in China have developed an experimental vaccine that can protect pigs for life from a lethal virus that has decimated its pig population — the world’s largest — over the past 18 months. But virologists say the team still need
This Viking drinking horn might have held mead, which is made from honey and could have contributed to the high rate of dental decay found in Viking remains. Credit: Alamy Archaeology 13 March 2020 Multiple cavities pit the teeth excavated from a Viking settlement found in modern-day Sweden. Anyone who survived to adulthood in the
Odisha, in eastern India, has closed theatres, swimming pools, schools and other public spaces in order to stem the spread of coronavirus.Credit: STR/NurPhoto/Getty Just how much has the coronavirus spread? More than 137,000 people in 117 countries and regions have been confirmed as having COVID-19. And earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) described
New York’s orthodox Jewish community was targeted by anti-vaccination groups, causing a drop in vaccine-uptake rates and leaving children vulnerable to measles. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Public health 13 March 2020 Parents who refused to vaccinate their children fostered the spread of a once-vanquished disease. Vaccination delays among young children, combined with international travel, threaten to
Neurons in the brain conduct messages that can control or stop movement. Credit: PR. S. BRION — CNRI/SPL Neuroscience 13 March 2020 High-speed link in the brain inhibits movement. When you stop a physical movement that you have already started, you deploy an ultrafast neural circuit between a specific part of your cerebral cortex and
An environmental group, Earth Island Institute has warned that this plastic pollution crisis could lead to more plastics than fishes in the ocean by 2050. The group also filed a case in a California court against the world’s biggest food, beverage, and consumer goods companies to hold the companies accountable for the garbage they produced.
Construction in Australia has to meet energy-efficiency targets.Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Rebecca Powles is a data analyst with Team Catalyst, a company in Sydney, Australia, that investigates how buildings use energy. She tells Nature about using her background in applied physics to create more energy-efficient buildings. How does your work help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? Buildings are
Ovarian cancer that has become resistant to chemotherapy could be resensitized by blocking a single step in a cell pathway. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL Cancer 13 March 2020 A study suggests possible ways to prevent drug resistance in ovarian tumour cells. Chemotherapy can make ovarian cancer cells resistant to further treatment, but blocking a particular cellular
Most of us who have been on the internet for a while would most probably have seen an image of the blobfish, which at best looks like sad Ziggy or an “unhappy internal organ” , and at worst, the ugliest creature on Earth. The affectionately-called “Mr. Blobby” is a specimen caught off New Zealand’s coast. The picture
China’s Long March 5 rocket will carry its Mars probe into space.Credit: AFP/Getty China’s first journey to Mars is one of the most anticipated space missions of the year. But with parts of the country in some form of lockdown because of the coronavirus, the mission teams have had to find creative ways to continue
The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs published cases of three women who overdosed on LSD but showed improvements in their physical and mental conditions after. The experiences, which may seem unique may help open up a resurgence of research into the use of psychedelic substances for the treatment of various mental health conditions. The author
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden celebrates a victory in South Carolina.Credit: Scott Olson/Getty A key debate on climate change is coming into focus for November’s US presidential election. Voting this week in Michigan and several other states has cemented former vice-president Joe Biden’s lead over Bernie Sanders as the person to take on president Donald Trump