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Adam Levy finds out how scientist entrepreneurs can take their fledgling companies to the next level. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 See transcript In their early stages, science start-ups require solid commitment, with founders and their teams clocking up long hours with little financial reward. Despite the uncertainty, company leaders
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An elephant hoovers up rutabaga cubes, which it will hold in its trunk before manoeuvreing them into its mouth. Credit: Andrew Schulz, Jia Ning Wu Animal behaviour 01 June 2021 Elephants’ trunks are mighty suction machines The pachyderms can nab a treat lying nearly 5 centimetres away through sheer sucking power. Share on Twitter Share
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CORRESPONDENCE 01 June 2021 COVID: treatment trials are still urgent Steve Rauchman 0 Steve Rauchman North Valley Eye Medical Group, Mission Hills, California, USA. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share via E-Mail Share via
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CORRESPONDENCE 01 June 2021 Academic bullying: mediatiors hear both sides Alastair Hay 0 Alastair Hay University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share via E-Mail Share via E-Mail Download PDF I
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After the 2018 attempt to ban commercial plastic bags in Chile, environmental advocates supported by the government ultimately passed a plastic regulation bill to fight against plastic pollution and reduce Chile’s plastic waste by 2024. The law on single-use plastic ban, which will take effect on 2021, expects restaurants, bars, cafes, and other food industries
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In Mars’ thin, dry atmosphere, cloudy days are uncommon. Clouds are most common around the planet’s equator during the coldest part of the year when Mars’ oval-shaped orbit takes it the furthest from the Sun. Scientists detected clouds gathering above NASA‘s Curiosity rover one full Martian year ago-two Earth years-earlier than planned. (Photo : NASA
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NATURE BRIEFING 28 May 2021 Daily briefing: The NAS expels a member for the first time The US National Academy of Sciences has terminated astronomer Geoffrey Marcy’s membership, in light of sexual-harassment complaints. Plus, hundreds of gibberish papers lurk in the literature and a research-integrity specialist faces legal action. Flora Graham Flora Graham View author
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NEWS 28 May 2021 The most detailed 3D map of the Universe ever made Cosmologists have unveiled a trove of fresh data, but the measurements do not settle earlier questions about the Universe’s unexpected smoothness. Davide Castelvecchi Davide Castelvecchi View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on
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NEWS 28 May 2021 Palaeontologists hope Biden will restore protections on fossil-rich US lands Trump’s shrinking of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante reserves may be reversed — ensuring archaeological and fossil treasures are preserved for study. Freda Kreier Freda Kreier View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar
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A small study suggested that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat COVID-19, but it was later shown to be ineffective.Credit: George Frey/AFP via Getty A prominent French microbiologist has filed a criminal complaint against a world-renowned research-integrity specialist after she publicly flagged concerns about his published work, including papers suggesting that the
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Australian mouse plague is currently dominating in the grain-growing regions and rural communities of eastern Australia. For several months, mice have been everywhere, from destroying crops and electrical wires in buildings to lurking around households and even Australian hospital beds, biting patients and infesting drinking water supplies across western New South Wales (NSW). This dystopian
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Severe thunderstorms erupted once more on Wednesday afternoon, continuing what has been an active weather pattern for the Central states in the final week of May. (Photo : Getty Images) Following Monday’s tornadoes, which included a huge and hazardous one that caused damage and an injury in Kansas, the area was spared from severe thunderstorms
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Listen to the latest science news, with Benjamin Thompson and Shamini Bundell. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 In this episode: 00:46 A vaccine candidate for an important livestock disease African animal trypanosomiasis is a parasitic disease that kills millions of cattle each year, affecting livelihoods and causing significant economic costs
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‘Icequakes’ rippled through the ice on Mount Erebus in Antarctica after two huge and distant earthquakes. Credit: George Holton/Science Photo Library Solid Earth sciences 25 May 2021 Antarctic volcano trembles in the wake of distant quakes Seismic activity is unleashed at the world’s southernmost active volcano by major earthquakes in Chile and the Indian Ocean.
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An appearance of a wild giant river otter on the Bermejo River in Argentina surprised conservationists of Fundación Rewilding Argentina, having feared that these river otters have gone extinct in the country due to loss of habitat and hunting activity in north-east Argentina’s Chaco province. Sebastián Di Martino, director of conservation at Fundación Rewilding Argentina
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A sign is still posted on the front door of the Wolfeboro Food Co-op that reads, “Face masks required.” Until recently, another sign had hung directly below it, explaining how the New Hampshire market was following federal policy. Erin Perkins, manager of the shop, removed that second sign on 14 May — the day after
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Microplastics are everywhere — but are they harmful? Read by Benjamin Thompson Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 Wherever they look – from the bottom of oceans to the top of mountains – researchers are uncovering tiny specks of plastic, known as microplastics. Scientists are trying to understand the potential impacts
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At GeneXus, we build software that builds software. A robot or artificial intelligence, not a human, writes the code for new apps. The company, which I co-founded in 1988, is also working on small autonomous vehicles for agrobusiness. The prototype in this picture — at our global headquarters in Montevideo — which I helped to
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RESEARCH SUMMARY 21 May 2021 Protein architecture of the yeast genome Use of chromatin immunoprecipitation with exonuclease treatment (ChIP–exo) determines the positional organization of hundreds of chromosomal proteins throughout the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. The resulting ultra-high-resolution map provides insight into the regulation of genes, enhancers, replication origins, centromeres, subtelomeres and transposons. B. Franklin Pugh  ORCID:
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Many researchers’ suitcases have remained empty now for more than a year.Credit: Shutterstock In ‘normal’ times, Mike McCulloch has to scour the globe to find a person able and willing to join his laboratory. “My science is quite controversial, so I don’t get many applications for posts,” he says. But these are not normal times.
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