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People leave university science for a variety of reasons.Credit: Zen Rial/Getty The make-up of the scientific workforce at US universities does not reflect the diversity of the country, data show: Black, Latino and Indigenous people are under-represented on every rung of the academic ladder1, from graduate student to full professor. They are also underfunded: both
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In April, Undercover footage that is very disturbing to watch was revealed from a Spanish research facility that experiments on non-human animals. Cruelty Free International (CFI)  released the footage that was recorded at Madrid-based Vivotecnia. It revealed numerous cases of clear cruelty, some of which may have been against the rule. Increasingly, however, scientists are
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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: 00:45 A brain interface to type out thoughts Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface that is able to read brain signals from people thinking about handwriting, and translate them into
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No reason to feel blue: plants with azure blooms (such as Gentiana ligustica, above) get preferential treatment from researchers. Credit: M. Adamo et al./Nature Plants Plant sciences 11 May 2021 Flashy plants draw outsize share of scientists’ attention Blue-flowered plants get the most scientific love; those with green or brown flowers, not so much. Share
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Researchers have developed a strain of SARS-CoV-2 that triggers severe COVID-19 symptoms in mice — an advance that could accelerate the creation of drugs and vaccines and help to illuminate the biology of the disease. Mice aren’t naturally susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. That’s because the virus does not recognize the mouse version of a receptor
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A race to militarize artificial intelligence is gearing up. Two years ago, the US Congress created the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). This March, it recommended that the United States must accelerate artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies to preserve national security and remain competitive with China and Russia. This will undermine the United States’ ability
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Credit: John M. Archibald Since Charles Darwin first proposed his theory of evolution, biologists have struggled to fit all life forms — from the tiniest bacterium to the blue whale — onto a tree of life that explains their ancestry. The tree, it turned out, was more of a web. Branches were fused by the
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The signature mane, the predatory stealthy movement, the fierce roar-it appears fitting to discover that there is just one species of lion (Panthera leo).  However, there are several subspecies, which are different in appearance and other specific traits. Almost all lions are indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa, living here and there excluding the deserts and rainforests,
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Emperor dumbo. Meet the emperor dumbo octopus Grimpoteuthis imperator, a rare species of deep-sea cephalopod described using non-destructive imaging techniques and DNA analysis. The specimen in these images was accidentally caught by geologists collecting rock samples from the depths of North Pacific Ocean. When the research ship’s on-board biologist, Alexander Ziegler, saw the creature, he
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Credit: Peter Ekvall/Shutterstock The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) , Switzerland’s largest government research-funding agency, has started using a random-selection process as a tiebreaker to award grants, as a way to eliminate bias in the funding process. The agency says that the ‘physical lots’ scheme is a small step towards making the research-funding process more
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RESEARCH SUMMARY 07 May 2021 Making large-scale, functional, electronic textiles Large-area display textiles can be produced by weaving transparent conductive weft and luminescent warp fibres using an industrial rapier loom. The integration of interactive functionalities, such as a keyboard and power supply, with the display textile forms an electronic textile system that can serve as
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NASA has been involved in Earth-observation studies since 1960, capturing images like this one from the DSCOVR satellite.Credit: Carl Hostetter/NASA EPIC Team NASA is best known for exploring other worlds, whether that’s sending astronauts to the Moon or flying helicopters on Mars. But under US President Joe Biden, the space agency intends to boost its
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Climate change has already been a constant environmental crisis faced globally, with observable effects calling for action. That is why new-elected US President Joe Biden made sure that major NASA Earth-science missions are included in his platform. NASA stands out for its excellent planetary discoveries, high technologies and successfully-launched satellites, which is why Biden believes
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As a human egg cell is fertilized, two chromosome-containing cellular structures (dotted circles, centre) merge into one — a process that often goes wrong. Credit: Pascal Goetgheluck/Science Photo Library Developmental biology 07 May 2021 The error-prone step at the heart of making an embryo High-resolution imaging shows why the union between two sets of chromosomes
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Environmental activists protest against the Fukushima waste-water plan in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.Credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Japan’s proposal to dump more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station into the ocean off its east coast has been strongly opposed by neighbours including China and South
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A shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is given at a drive through clinic in Marple, Pennsylvania.Credit: Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Times via Getty In a historic move, the US government has today announced its support for waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, a measure aimed at boosting supplies so that people around the
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Most people have an aggressive dog story. However, some of these can be a bit stranger than most (especially when the aggressor in question is a small breed). However, a new study from Finland shows that a link between size and aggression may not be anecdotal, and that the Napoleon complex certainly applies even to
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More accurate measurements could help in boosting yields and aids the enablement of cleaner farm design. Optical Frequency combs are basically high-tech “rulers” for the measurement of various colors of light; they’re essential for producing better atomic clocks and exoplanets hunting, among other things. (Photo : Tobi) Ammonia and Methane Emissions  Now experts at the
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Mist wafts through the trees at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve in Costa Rica. Cloud forests around the world are threatened by development, wood collection and climate change. Credit: Stefano Paterna/Alamy Conservation biology 04 May 2021 Forests that float in the clouds are drifting away Tropical cloud forests are safe havens for a vast
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Students are inoculated at a mass vaccination hub at Peking University in Beijing.Credit: VCG via Getty The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering approving two of China’s COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, potentially opening the door to wide distribution in lower-income nations through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative. A successful outcome in coming
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Art by Albert-László Barabási’s laboratory, on display at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest.Credit: Dániel Végel/Ludwig Museum Archives The Science of Science Dashun Wang & Albert‑László Barabási Cambridge Univ. Press (2021) Research institutions are under increasing pressure to make decisions faster, with fewer resources. The science of science can provide information on how to organize research
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Scientists reported on May 3, 2021, in a new study, a giant saber-toothed cat inhabited North America (Columbus, Ohio) between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing about 900 pounds and capturing prey that possibly weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. (Photo : Getty Images) Identification of the Cat’s Fossils  The researchers finalized a meticulous
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I’m in my research laboratory here, at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia. We work on respiratory viruses, mainly influenza and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is the part of the lab where we try to understand the human antibody response to moderate-risk viruses. I’ve done a lot
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