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An international non-profit environmental organization known as the Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report on climate-warming pollution and food in the United States. The organization which was founded in 1970 listed up to 10 common foods they consider to be highly damaging to the climate, especially concerning the vast amounts of carbon dioxide
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Researchers say more testing in children is needed.Credit: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty The emergence of fast-spreading coronavirus variants has once again put a spotlight on the role of children in the COVID-19 pandemic. Early data on one new variant had suggested that it was spreading more in children than in adults compared with other lineages.
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Nature Podcast 21 January 2021 In this episode: 00:47 Hiring discrimination A huge dataset has shown that widespread discrimination occurs in job hiring, based on ethnicity and gender. This backs up decades of research, showing that people from minority backgrounds tend to get contacted far less by employers. Research Article: Hangartner et al. 09:31 Coronapod
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Just like smoking is responsible for causing cancer in humans, evidence from thousands of scientists across the world has shown that human activities cause climate change.  This overwhelming evidence has been documented in different parts of the world, yet a few Americans aren’t sure about its causes. Humans are responsible for burning fossil fuels, producing
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The UN goals to provide jobs and universal education are under threat.Credit: Manish Swarup/AP/Shutterstock In October, United Nations secretary-general António Guterres made a series of key appointments. He tasked 15 scientists from around the world with providing policymakers with evidence, as well as their thoughts, on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This time last year,
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A team of researchers from the University of Plymouth found differing quantities of tumble dryer lint after exposing Mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), collected in different parts of the world.  (Photo : Pixabay The researchers also found that increasing the quantity of lint in the mussels’ environment led to significant abnormality in the mussels’ gills, resulting in
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Boost for fish farms as ocean fish stocks affected by climate change.Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Prompted by the urgency of the situation, 111 aquatic-science societies — representing more than 80,000 scientists from 7 continents — have issued a statement on how anthropogenic climate change is affecting marine and freshwater ecosystems, with a plea to avoid their
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1. Cao, Y. et al. Correlated insulator behaviour at half-filling in magic-angle graphene superlattices. Nature 556, 80–84 (2018). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Cao, Y. et al. Unconventional superconductivity in magic-angle graphene superlattices. Nature 556, 43–50 (2018). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  3. Yankowitz, M. et al. Tuning superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene. Science
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Cross the line between air and water, and you enter a very different world. The air can be completely silent, but listen below the sea’s surface and your ears fill with sound. Here, I’m listening to a colleague using a wireless acoustic signal to trigger the release of an underwater noise-monitoring buoy moored to the
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In Honolulu, Hawaii, a colony of seabirds within the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is threatened by the invasive yellow crazy ants. The invasive species found their way to the nature reserve and started disrupting the seabird colony’s lives.  If this alarming situation continues, the birds might
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Credit: Adapted from Getty Planning: it’s what we scientists do. Every experiment needs to be thought through in advance. The depth of planning will vary from field to field. A small pilot study that I might do in my immunology laboratory, for example, requires less forethought than does a field trip involving the UK polar-research
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Scientists carrying out investigative work on honey have revealed crucial data about the feeding habits of honeybees. There has been a considerable shift in wildflowers available to the pollinators. (Photo : Pixabay) Researchers made use of genetic tools to determine which particular plants the honeybees visited in the rural regions. This was compared with a
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A trial of the CoronaVac shot reported results this week.Credit: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters Long-awaited results about the effectiveness of a leading Chinese COVID-19 vaccine were tinged with disappointment and confusion this week. But researchers say the vaccine could help reduce deaths from the disease. Researchers in Brazil reported that CoronaVac, developed by Beijing-based Sinovac, was 50.4%
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Credit: Richard Drury/Getty If you’re based in academia and have lined up interviews with industry employers, you can anticipate certain questions and prepare effective responses that improve your chances of getting the job. ‘Why should we hire you?’ is the most common one. A company’s hiring manager wants to know that you are eminently capable
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Even people who already exercise might improve their cardiovascular health by doing more. Credit: Eduardo Parra/Europa Press/Getty Medical research 15 January 2021 Data from nearly 100,000 people find no upper limit to the heart benefits of increasing exercise levels. Regular exercise boosts good health. Now, research shows that as physical activity increases, benefits to the
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‘Hello world!’ Escherichia coli bacteria can store short phrases in their DNA. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL Chemical biology 15 January 2021 A common bacterium can be engineered to carry coded messages in its genome. Scientists have stored data in the genomes of living bacteria, which can safeguard information against contamination — and possibly data thieves. Data
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The large intestine. Infection ‘trains’ both the digestive system and the gut microbiome to fend off hostile microorganisms. Credit: Nigel Downer/SPL Microbiome 15 January 2021 Gut-wrenching infection encourages production of an amino acid consumed by helpful bacteria. Some intestinal illnesses might be a blessing in disguise. A study in mice shows that bowel infections can
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The United Kingdom entered its third lockdown after genomic surveillance detected a fast-spreading SARS-CoV-2 variant.Credit: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty 2021 is shaping up to be the year of COVID-19 variants. In the past two months, scientists have identified several fast-spreading variants that have prompted government restrictions in many countries — and new variants are being detected more
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Hear the latest science news, with Benjamin Thompson and Nick Howe. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:45 Dire wolf DNA Dire wolves were huge predators that commonly roamed across North America before disappearing around 13,000 years ago. Despite the existence of a large number of dire wolf
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Researchers have made a shocking discovery by finding a link between Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that reproduces fast in cats and transmitted to humans via undercooked pork or raw meat, and brain cancer in humans. (Photo : Inge Wallumrod) The new study, which was published Monday, January 11 in the International Journal of Cancer, revealed that
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A scan shows the damaged lung of a person hospitalized for COVID-19.Credit: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg/Getty Traitorous antibodies are linked to COVID death Antibodies normally attack pathogens, but sometimes rogue antibodies instead besiege bodily components such as immune cells. Now, a new study adds to the growing body of research tying these ‘autoantibodies’ to poor outcomes in
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Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, could help to ensure that independent scientific advisers publish and disseminate complete data and evidence for changes to vaccine guidance.Credit: James Veysey/Shutterstock Coronavirus vaccines have arrived, and many countries have started their vaccination campaigns. The authorities face a race against time as infections and deaths from COVID-19 continue to
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It was a Friday afternoon in March 2013 when Andy Geall got the call. Three people in China had just become infected with a new strain of avian influenza. The global head of vaccines research at Novartis, Rino Rappuoli, wanted to know whether Geall and his colleagues were ready to put their new vaccine technology
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According to a study published recently in the scientific journal nature plants, the Graz University of Technology has discovered a bacterium that provides immunity to rice plants against pathogens. Rice plant immunity (Photo : Pixabay) The scientists at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology at The Graz University of Technology have been studying the microbiome of rice
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When microbiologist Christopher Rensing navigates Fuzhou’s busy streets on his mobility scooter, he finds many people in the Chinese city consider it a novelty vehicle rather than a medical necessity.Credit: Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented me from rejoining my research group at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China, where I work as
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The frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions and climate events have significantly affected both human life and the natural environment.  (Photo : Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash)A taxi rides under heavy rain that is causing flooding in Macau, China Holding capacity for atmospheric water vapor has been increasing due to global warming,
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