Month: April 2021

[embedded content] Do not linger after using a public toilet is the advice from researchers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), who have done a comprehensive study of how aerosols with the potential to carry disease are created and dispersed by flushing toilets and urinals. Siddhartha Verma and colleagues studied three scenarios – toilet flushing, covered
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Tapping the geothermal energy stored beneath the Earth’s surface as a way to generate renewable power is one of the new visions for the future that’s captured the attention of environmentalists and oil and gas engineers alike. That’s because it’s not only a way to generate power that doesn’t rely on greenhouse gas emitting hydrocarbons,
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Amy Maxmen spent eight months investigating how exploitation, poverty and discrimination drove COVID-19 in rural America. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 For more than a century, public health researchers have demonstrated how poverty and discrimination drive disease, and the coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced this. In a Coronapod special, Nature
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Eight months after former TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quit in the midst of a full-court press from the Trump administration against the Chinese-owned social media giant, TikTok finally has a new permanent leader. ByteDance’s recently hired CFO Shouzi Chew will be assuming the role as TikTok CEO while still holding the CFO role at its
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Bacteriophage viruses — seen attacking an E. coli cell in this computer illustration — can have exotic chemistries in their DNA.Credit: Maurizio De Angelis/Science Photo Library ‘Alien’ genomes can be found on Earth. Some viruses that infect bacteria use an alternative genetic alphabet that’s distinct from the code used by nearly all other organisms —
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By: Hannah Pell The potential impact of a work of art is by no means limited by or related to its size. Whether an intricate mural spanning the side of a building or sculpture carved on the tip of a pencil, the art of all scales is significant and meaningful to us, and the principles
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Does the universe itself have an edge? And where does this ultimate boundary lie? Stream Full Episodes of How the Universe Works: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-the-universe-works/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScienceChannel/
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3D reconstruction of the electromagnetic field surrounding a magnesium oxide nanocube. The three modes (I, II, III) represent the nanocube’s different energy absorptions. © G. Habelferner, Graz University The first three-dimensional map of the electromagnetic field that “clings” to the surface of a cube less than 200 nm across casts a fresh light on how
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David Jegen Contributor Carl Byers Contributor Why can we see all our bank, credit card and brokerage data on our phones instantaneously in one app, yet walk into a doctor’s office blind to our healthcare records, diagnoses and prescriptions? Our health status should be as accessible as our checking account balance. The liberation of financial
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WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously confirmed Bill Nelson to be NASA’s next administrator, wrapping up a whirlwind confirmation process that was vastly different from that experienced by his predecessor. The Senate confirmed Nelson’s nomination to be NASA administrator late April 29 via unanimous consent, a mechanism used for the expedited passage of bills and nominations
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Minding the diary: the Svalbard ptarmigan relies on its internal clock to know when it’s mating season. Credit: Vincent Legrand/AGAMI Photo Agency/Alamy Physiology 29 April 2021 The world’s northernmost bird is a clock-watcher Ptarmigan that live far above the Arctic Circle generate circadian rhythms, despite summer’s eternal sunshine. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share
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In this article AMZN Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon Katherine Taylor | Reuters Amazon is set to report first quarter earnings after the bell Thursday. Here’s what analysts are expecting:  Earnings: $9.54 per share, according to Refinitiv Revenue: $104.47 billion, according to Refinitiv Few companies have benefited from the pandemic-fueled surge of online shopping as
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TAMPA, Fla. — Maxar Technologies has appointed Chris Johnson as senior vice president of space programs delivery (SPD), overseeing spacecraft and robotic systems from design to distribution. Johnson has spent more than 20 years at Boeing, where he was most recently president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. At Boeing, Maxar said he was responsible for strategy,
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Perhaps one of the most exciting discovery in biophysics in the past decade or so is that some creatures use quantum effects to sense the Earth’s magnetic field. In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, Alex Jones of the UK’s National Physical Laboratory explains how this quantum navigation system is inspiring the development
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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House space subcommittee says he is working to secure funding for NASA as part of what could be a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure package proposed by the White House. Speaking at a Washington Space Business Roundtable webinar April 28, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), named earlier this year to lead the House
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The global particle physics community has been energised by two recent results that offer tantalising glimpses of new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. Researchers at CERN’s LHCb experiment have observed something unusual in the way that B mesons decay into leptons – the class of fundamental particle incorporating electrons, muons, taus and their
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HELSINKI — China successfully launched a 22-metric-ton module late Wednesday, beginning an intense period of missions for constructing the nation’s own space station. A Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket lifted off from the coastal Wenchang spaceport at 11:23 p.m. Eastern. The Tianhe space station core module separated from the first stage after 490 seconds of
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In this article SHLX A logo at a Royal Dutch Shell Plc gas station in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Peter Boer | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported marginally better-than-expected first-quarter earnings, amid stronger commodity prices and growing expectations of a fuel demand recovery.
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If businesses are going to meet their increasingly aggressive targets for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their operations, they’re going to have to have an accurate picture of just what those emissions look like. To get that picture, companies are increasingly turning to businesses like Sweep, which announced its commercial launch today. The
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Facebook has temporarily hidden all posts with hashtag “ResignModi” in India, days after the U.S. social juggernaut — along with Twitter — complied with an order from New Delhi to censor some posts critical of Indian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. On its website, Facebook said it had hidden posts with “ResignModi” hashtag because
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Disease control: A simulated outbreak when infection spreads uncontrolled (left) and when the researchers’ method is used to control it (right). (Courtesy: Laura Natali) Machine learning could help stop a future pandemic in its tracks by indicating which individuals should be tested for the disease. That is the finding of physicists at the University of
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by Allison Kubo Hutchison Approximately 20 million years ago, prehistoric horses grazed on the flat grasslands and the now extinct bear-dog dug burrows for their young throughout the lands we now call Oregon and Washington. But below the ground, there was an eruption brewing that would shape over 81,000 square miles (200,000 square kilometers) reaching
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The E in ESG is getting another boost as the United States rejoins the climate change fight, and space promises to play a central role. A rising number of companies have already added ESG scorecards to their annual reports, detailing the progress they are making toward environmental, social and corporate governance goals. As the importance
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