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Intense earthquakes are unnerving, frightening, and even deadly. Scientists would need to monitor animals under controlled settings over lengthy periods of time in order to show that odd animal behaviors might forecast earthquakes. Animals might be lifesavers if they could tell us when a quake is likely to happen. But is it possible?  (Photo :
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COVID continues As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with no end in sight, an immediate challenge is to better understand the impact of Omicron — the fast-spreading coronavirus variant that was first spotted at the end of November — and the threat it poses. Early results indicate that vaccines are
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CAREER FEATURE 17 December 2021 The scientific workplace in 2021 The impact on careers of a lingering pandemic and industrial unrest were among the challenges faced by working scientists in the past 12 months Chris Woolston 0 Chris Woolston Chris Woolston is a freelance writer in Billings, Montana. View author publications You can also search
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Nature Video 17 December 2021 Pluto’s mysterious polygons explained Surface patterns seen by New Horizons mission are driven by sublimation. Shamini Bundell Shamini Bundell View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Twitter Facebook Email Polygonal shapes cover the icy surface of Pluto’s Sputnik Planitia region. The patterns, photographed
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NATURE PODCAST 17 December 2021 Coronapod: Omicron – your questions answered We dig into the data on Omicron and answer your quetsions about the variant that could change the game Noah Baker & Ewen Callaway Noah Baker View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Ewen Callaway View author
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Download PDF In this photograph, taken on a late summer’s day in the region of Campo de Calatrava in central Spain, I’m tagging a red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) with a GPS tracker to help me to monitor the impact of human activity on these and other steppe birds’ lives. I also study two sandgrouse species
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The Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory, where at least eight people were killed by a devastating tornado, has been closed. Pictures and videos of its widespread renmants is now a symbol of the destructive power of a tornado. (Photo : Getty Images) Supervisors Threatened Employees with Termination On Friday, employees of a candle factory in
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NEWS 17 December 2021 Afghanistan’s academics despair months after Taliban takeover Research has stalled, funds have evaporated and many scientists are still struggling to get out. Smriti Mallapaty Smriti Mallapaty View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Twitter Facebook Email People queue for supplies distributed by the World
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A fat-laden designer molecule keeps monkeys from becoming infected with an HIV-like virus, offering the potential that it could be used to treat AIDS and prevent HIV infection1. Access options Access through your institution Change institution Buy or subscribe Subscribe to Journal Get full journal access for 1 year 199,00 € only 3,90 € per
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NEWS 16 December 2021 How COVID vaccines shaped 2021 in eight powerful charts The extraordinary vaccination of more than four billion people, and the lack of access for many others, were major forces this year — while Omicron’s arrival complicated things further. Smriti Mallapaty , Ewen Callaway , Max Kozlov , Heidi Ledford , John
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Scientists have detected disconcerting and worrying indicators near the planet’s southern end, notably in one of the ice shelves protecting the Antarctic’s so-called “Doomsday glacier.” In contrast, the planet’s fast warming terrain transforms the topography of the Arctic area up north. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)Doomsday Glacier Researchers presented satellite images taken just last month at
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Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, USA Aswin Sekar, Heather de Rivera, Avery Davis, Nolan Kamitaki, Katherine Tooley, Matthew Baum, Vanessa Van Doren, Giulio Genovese, Robert E. Handsaker & Steven A. McCarroll Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142, USA Aswin Sekar, Heather de Rivera, Avery Davis, Nolan Kamitaki, Katherine Tooley, Matthew Baum, Giulio Genovese, Samuel A. Rose, Robert E. Handsaker, Mark J. Daly, Beth
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1. Cheng, B., Mazzola, G., Pickard, C. J. & Ceriotti, M., Evidence for supercritical behaviour of high-pressure liquid hydrogen Nature 585, 217–220 (2020). CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Karasiev, V. V., Hinz, J., Hu, S. X. & Trickey, S. B. On the liquid–liquid phase transition of dense hydrogen. Nature, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04078-x (2021). 3. Cheng, B., Mazzola,
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Researchers with Island Ecology and Evolution Research Group, Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología discovered that an invasive species of snake has killed virtually all of Gran Canaria’s indigenous reptiles.  Among the findings of Julien Piquet and Marta López-Darias, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is a comparison of ecosystems that have been
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A 1,600-year-old lyre found in modern Kazakhstan matches musical instruments seen in Anglo-Saxon burials of the first millennium ad, suggesting that technology transfer occurred across thousands of kilometres in antiquity1. Access options Access through your institution Change institution Buy or subscribe Subscribe to Journal Get full journal access for 1 year 199,00 € only 3,90
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Nature Video 14 December 2021 Stretchy electronics go wireless for flexible wearables Wearable technology could benefit from new wireless stretchable diodes Dan Fox Dan Fox View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Twitter Facebook Email High-frequency and intrinsically stretchable polymer diodes Flexible electronics offer a lot of potential
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NEWS 13 December 2021 What Sci-Hub’s latest court battle means for research Delhi court will scrutinize whether the pirate paper website falls foul of India’s copyright law. The verdict could have implications for academic publishers further afield. Holly Else Holly Else View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar
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When four wild bison arrive in north Kent in the spring of 2022, rangers will be in charge of the first wild bison to roam the UK in thousands of years. Bison are Europe’s biggest land animals, with males weighing up to a ton. They were extinct in the wild a century ago but are
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Download PDF In February 2020, just as a new coronavirus was triggering the global COVID-19 pandemic, structural biologist Jason McLellan and his team published the structure of the key protein it uses to invade human cells1. Immediately, scientists began using that protein’s structure to develop COVID-19 vaccines. But that wasn’t the first time McLellan, now
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NEWS 10 December 2021 DeepMind AI tackles one of chemistry’s most valuable techniques Machine-learning algorithm predicts material properties using electron density. Davide Castelvecchi Davide Castelvecchi View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Twitter Facebook Email The AI predicts the distribution of electrons within a molecule (illustration) and uses
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Download PDF I had the original Jack Stanley chin. That’s what they called it. My chin, with my name. The chin was everything — in the gossip magazines, on television; slap the thing on a movie poster to make a hundred million gross. Of course, it wasn’t just the chin. It was everything else: the
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CORRESPONDENCE 10 December 2021 Chile: elect a president to strengthen climate action, not weaken it Maisa Rojas  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5985-1905 0 , Juan Carlos Muñoz  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1775-985X 1 , Rodrigo Palma-Behnke 2 , Pablo A. Marquet  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6369-9339 3 , Alejandra Stehr 4 & Humberto González  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3588-3451 5 Maisa Rojas Center for Climate and Resilience
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Ocean ‘heatwaves’ are becoming increasingly common even in the frigid Arctic, where these events are more extreme, and possibly more damaging, than those in warmer seas farther south1. Access options Access through your institution Change institution Buy or subscribe Subscribe to Journal Get full journal access for 1 year 199,00 € only 3,90 € per
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NATURE PODCAST 10 December 2021 Coronapod: vaccines and long COVID, how protected are you? Vaccines can provide vital protection from COVID-19, but what about long COVID? Noah Baker & Heidi Ledford Noah Baker View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Heidi Ledford View author publications You can also
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China has revealed its plan to reduce emissions in “digital infrastructure,” such as data centers and high-speed (5G) telecommunications networks, with essential benchmarks set for the country’s carbon-neutrality goal of 2060. (Photo : Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images) Optimizing (Photo : Pixabay) According to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the government will
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CORRESPONDENCE 10 December 2021 To beat Omicron, Delta and bird flu, Europe must pull together Amélie Desvars-Larrive  ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7671-696X 0 Amélie Desvars-Larrive University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria. View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Twitter Facebook Email Omicron, the newly discovered variant of SARS-CoV-2, is compounding concerns
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While it is common that wildfire smoke harms people already suffering from respiratory problems, among other health effects, another hazard in the smoke was discovered by a university professor. The report published in the journal Toxicological Sciences tackled the microscopic particles from woodsmoke inhaled into the lungs, but managed to work its way into the
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Traditional bull runs — whose participants try to outrun animals charging down a street — defy the dynamics commonly seen in the motion of crowds, researchers have found1. Access options Access through your institution Change institution Buy or subscribe Subscribe to Journal Get full journal access for 1 year 199,00 € only 3,90 € per
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