Getting To The Heart Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
The Virus That Turns Physicists Into Crackpots
Formaldehyde: The Carcinogen That Wasn’t
Nitrogen For Crops From Gene-Edited Microbes...
Spooky Music Action At A Distance: A Human Musician Communicates Directly With A Quantum Computer
A high-tech jamming session, through which a blend of live human and computer-generated sounds came together to create a unique performance piece, has been created thanks to "spooky action at a distance."Quantum teleportation is the ability to instantaneously transmit quantum information over vast ...
By News Staff
Blatant Opportunism: EDC Believers Exploiting Covid-19 Pandemic Further Erodes Trust In Science And Health Efforts
As a semi-retired epidemiologist, in a higher risk age group and with attendant co-morbidities, I have followed the Covid-19 pandemic with scientific curiosity mixed with a tinge of personal anxiety.  Much of the data being reported is of abysmal quality, and it’s a major professional ...
By Gregory Bond
Goldilocks Planet: Being Just Right Is Why Earth Provided The Ingredients For Life
When it comes to evolutionary biology and life on other planets, there is talk of amino acids, the building blocks of our existence.But for any of that to work we first needed magnetic fields and plate tectonics, and a new paper finds that Earth became a "Goldilocks planet" by getting to the right ...
By News Staff
Mass Gap Discovery: A Missing Link Between Neutron Stars And Black Holes Found
When the most massive stars die, they collapse under their own gravity and leave behind black holes while when stars that are less massive reach their end, they explode in a supernova and leave behind dense, dead remnants of stars.Those are called neutron stars and heaviest known neutron star is ...
By News Staff
ELM And The Right Scenario For A Fusion Power Plant
A new operating mode for fusion power avoids instabilities in the plasma that place a heavy load on the vessel wall and to remove heat and particles from the plasma more gently.The aim of fusion energy is to tame atomic nuclei the way the sun does. Because the fusion fire only ignites at temperatures ...
By News Staff
Global Warming Reversed 6,500 Years Of Cooling
In geological history, 90,000 of every 100,000 years has been ice ages, and it has been 12,000 years since the last one. In a 'glass half full' optimistic take on emissions, the Industrial Age put a halt to a 6,500 year cooling trend and the ice age for which we are overdue, but just like salt ...
By News Staff
Coronavirus Has Shown Alternative Energy Is Luxury Spending, Not Part Of A Realistic Strategy
If you know the government is going to subsidize your business, you are a lot more agreeable to starting a company with questionable prospects than if you have to compete in the free market. If government subsidies decline, you are in real trouble if you have not shown your business model works ...
By Hank Campbell
Buying Carbon Offsets For Climate Emissions Is Not Realistic Without Understanding Their Risk
When called on to explain why he lives in a gigantic mansion with its resulting environmental cost, Academy Award winner, Nobel laureate, and U.S. Vice-President Al Gore said he bought carbon offsets from a company he owned that sold carbon offsets.Paying himself to emit greenhouse gases sounded ...
By News Staff
How Adaptive Radiation Shaped Reptile Evolution
Though we've learned a lot about evolution in the last 150 years, when it comes to the details, some fundamental questions remain unanswered. Such as when and how extremely diverse groups of animals such as reptiles first evolved. For seventy-five years, adaptive radiation, the relatively fast ...
By News Staff
Amodal: We Begin Linking Vocal And Facial Emotion At Age 8
Emotions are an integral part of our lives. They influence our behavior, perceptions, and day-to-day decisions. The spontaneous amodal coding of emotions - independent of perceptual modalities like the physical characteristics of faces or voices - is easy for adults, but how does the same capacity ...
By News Staff
Measles Has Been With Us For At Least 8,000 Years - And Cities May Be Why
Environmental groups believe that living in cities is better for the environment but if there is one thing that COVID-19 has made clear, it's that living in cities is better for spreading infectious disease also. Despite having numerous large cities, the U.S. was on the verge of having measles ...
By News Staff
Mosquito Diseases Kill Tens Of Millions Per Year Worldwide But American Parents Worry More About Ticks
A few species of mosquitoes are nothing but carriers of disease, so pesticides were used to wipe them out in much of North America. Worldwide they remain a public health problem and while some ecologists claim a mythical (and scientifically debunked) 'balance of nature' and therefore insist Aedes ...
By Hank Campbell
ACE-i And ARB Medications May Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk
Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-i) or angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) medications are prescribed for conditions such as heart failure, high blood pressure or heart disease. They inhibit or block angiotensin, a chemical that causes arteries to become narrow, so are commonly prescribed ...
By News Staff
Asthma Doesn't Increase Risk Or Severity Of COVID-19
Though old age, respiratory issues, blood clots, and obesity are risk factors for likelihood and severity of COVID-19, one group in the respiratory section needn't worry more; asthmatics.Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting COVID-19 or influence its severity."Older ...
By News Staff
American Cancer Society Nutrition Statements Are More Aspirational Wellness Than Evidence-Based Guidelines
Can you prevent cancer? Not really. The number one risk factor for cancer is old age, if you live long enough you are likely to get some form or another. Despite the beliefs of the Longevity crowd, we are biologically self-terminating.Can you lessen your risk of getting some types of cancer? Absolutely ...
By Hank Campbell
New Study: Beef In A Healthy Diet Does Not Increase Risk Of Heart Attacks
For decades there has been a statistical controversy about meat. By statistical I mean it was never a real health issue. Instead, though we clearly evolved to eat it, epidemiologists statistically correlated meat to dying and said therefore we shouldn't eat it. Though such studies noted down at ...
By Hank Campbell
Free-Range Kids: Why Lack Of Adult Supervision Matters
The recently released 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card revealed that Canadian children scored a D+ for “daily physical activity,” an F for “active play” and a D- for “active transportation.” Only 39 per cent of Canadian children and youth achieve recommended physical activity levels ...
By The Conversation
'Stars With Flames Like Hair' - Comets As Portents Of Doom In The Middle Ages
On August 30 2019, a comet from outside our solar system was observed by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov at the MARGO observatory in Crimea. This was only the second time an interstellar comet had ever been recorded. Comet 19 or C/2019 Q4 , as it is now known, made its closest approach to the ...
By The Conversation
The Science Reason Businesses Should Provide Free Trials
Netflix is the big name in streaming, virtually everyone who has any interest in digital shows has heard of them, but they still give you a free trial.No matter your size, and even if it's an existing customer, it makes good business sense, finds a new paper.Give an existing company something free ...
By News Staff
At 13,500 Years Old, This Songbird Is The Oldest Known Figurine
(Inside Science) - An ancient bird statuette recovered from a refuse heap is the oldest known figurine discovered yet in China, shedding new light on how our ancestors created 3D art, a new study finds.Scientists unearthed the miniature carving at the site of Lingjing in China, where previous excavations ...
By Inside Science
Will The Media Retract Their 'Breathless' Warnings Of Insect Armageddon?
Are insects facing survival challenges? Of course, the evidence in support of reasonable concerns is overwhelming. The important questions are: how serious is the decline; is it accelerating; what are its causes; and how can we address them?Those are not the questions the media have been asking ...
By Jon Entine
To Have Great Science Literacy, We Must Have Greater Digital Literacy - An Experiment Shows How
The anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements are products of the digital age. While there were always vaccine deniers, they were a tiny religious fringe until the 2000s, when it took England and the coasts of the U.S. by storm. Similarly, odd beliefs about food always existed but they were relegated ...
By Hank Campbell
Would More Women In Academic Medicine Leadership Roles Have Improved Coronavirus Response?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were shown to be a bureaucratic mess when the coronavirus pandemic hit - refusing to send coronavirus tests unless hospitals first proved proved patients had coronavirus, then sending faulty reagents - and academic epidemiologists often ...
By Hank Campbell
Coronavirus Has Seen A Surge In Phone Scams: Here's How To Spot And Foil Them
Most of us have experienced unwanted calls at home. This is in spite of efforts by regulators, including the Information Commissioner’s Office and Ofcom, whose most recent report shows that around half of the UK population still receive nuisance calls. Many of these unsolicited calls annoy us ...
By The Conversation
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