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Visitors look at a scale model of the Thirty Meter Telescope at India’s Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore.Credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty We are heartened to see a chapter on public engagement in science and technology in India’s draft Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2020 (see go.nature.com/3k7g6hf). We sincerely hope there is the
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My work focuses on a side of Ireland that few visitors ever see: the temperate rainforest of Killarney National Park, a 10,200-hectare reserve near the southwest coast. The climate here — usually damp and, by Irish standards, relatively warm, with temperatures in autumn afternoons typically edging beyond 10 °C — creates ideal growing conditions for all
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A farmer in Ethiopia harvests teff, a cereal. Small farms tend to have more-diverse landscapes than do sprawling industrial operations. Credit: Andia/Universal Images Group/Getty Environmental sciences 29 March 2021 Small farms outdo big ones on biodiversity — and crop yields Large-scale farms account for most of the global food supply, but smallholdings protect species and
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On a plethora of environmental concerns, the Biden administration is poised to take significant steps. (Photo : (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images))WILMINGTON, DE – DECEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his climate and energy appointments, including Congresswoman Deb Haaland, at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE. Secretary of Interior nominee
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Back when marsupial lions, mega wombats, and sheep-sized echidnas walked the ancient lands of Australia, there lived also an enormous flightless bird called the ‘demon duck of doom’ by some, paleontologist Trevor Worthy describes the Dromornis stirtoni as an “extreme evolutionary experiment.” “It would seem these large birds were likely what evolution created when it
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Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra was the first prominent person identified by local media to have received a COVID-19 vaccine in violation of clinical-trial standards.Credit: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty A clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines in Peru has sparked outrage and triggered a series of high-profile resignations at universities and in government. Politicians, researchers and some of
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Subjected to pressures found 4 kilometres below the ocean surface, bacteria fare better (bottom) when fed the compound trimethylamine than bacteria that go without (top). Credit: Q. L. Qin et al./Sci. Adv. Microbiology 26 March 2021 How deep-sea bacteria thrive under pressure Microbes that survive in the dark depths import and process a molecule in
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The light of young galaxies has given astronomers a glimpse of some of the interwoven tendrils of gas (illustration) filling the Universe. Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/Science Photo Library Astronomy and astrophysics 26 March 2021 Faint galaxies light up the dark web filling the cosmos Dim, distant collections of stars hint at the early evolution of the Universe.
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You can’t wrap the sun with a finger, however, maybe with science and technology then yes. According to Forbes, Bill Gates is financing a project that would dim sunlight to “cool” the Planet. The study is known as SCoPEx (Stratospheric Controlled Disturbance Experiment) undertaken by Harvard University scientists and has the goal of achieving that
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Storm clouds that spawn lightning are becoming more common in the warming Arctic, where such light shows have been rare. Credit: Ivan Kmit/Alamy Atmospheric science 25 March 2021 Rising temperatures spark boom in Arctic lightning Warming in the frozen north leads to more clouds that can produce electrical discharge. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter
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1. Luyssaert, S. et al. Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks. Nature 455, 213–215 (2008). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Odum, E. P. The strategy of ecosystem development. Science 164, 262–270 (1969). ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar  3. Pan, Y. D. et al. A large and persistent carbon sink in the world’s forests. Science
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The arapaima is one of the earth’s biggest freshwater fish. The decaying corpse of a dead Amazon “river monster” lately washed ashore in Florida, bringing up questions about whether this massive killer fish has entered the Sunshine State’s ever-increasing catalog of invasive animals. The Arapaima Although it may grow in Florida’s warm waters, this fish, called
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László Lovász (left) and Avi Wigderson were jointly awarded the 2021 Abel Prize.Credits: left, Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Laszlo Mudra/AbelPrize; right, Cliff Moore/Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton/AbelPrize Abel prize celebrates union of maths and computer science Two pioneers of the theory of computation have won the 2021 Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious honours in
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Modern crocodiles live in rivers, streams, and forests, using their snouts and strong jaws to catch fish, snakes, birds, and mammals. (Photo : Judd Patterson on Wikimedia Commons) However, recent research published today in the Royal Society B journal Proceedings suggests that ancient crocodiles were once even more diverse due to accelerated evolution. Various Ancient Crocodile
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Astronomer Vera Rubin studying photographic plates in 1974.Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science Vera Rubin: A Life Jacqueline Mitton & Simon Mitton Belknap Press (2021) The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, under construction in Chile, is scheduled to begin scientific operations in 2023. Its ten-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time hopes to “see more of the
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In this photo, taken in December 2020, I am reviewing students’ progress in a computer networking course at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where I teach electrical engineering and telecommunication policy. The students are learning to configure computers to accommodate Voice over Internet Protocol, or online telephony. We’ve also explored the programming language Python, and
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Air pollution is believed to have begun when humans first understood how to control fire’s power, which has since developed into the industrial curse of industry, cars, and power plants. (Photo : Foto-Rabe on Pixabay) Industries, cars, logging, irrigation, forest fires, cookstoves, volcanic eruptions, and wind erosion are both examples of human and environmental causes
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Animals that inhabit thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean have grown unique adaptabilities to remain alive. While some of these creatures may look bizarre to us, they have grown these displays over thousands of years to enable them to survive in their intense environments. From attributes like bioluminescence, whereby creatures create their
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Australia’s disastrous wildfires released as much smoke into the atmosphere of the Earth as a powerful volcanic eruption, leading to cooling over the ocean regions with probably long-lasting effects, as reported by the authors of a recent study. (Photo : Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Fire burns within sight of the
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Scientists hope the experiment will give worthy data for submarine works, mining missions, and lengthy space travel, 21st century potential reality. The pandemic-related quarantines that have happened in the past years have educated billions of people all over the world what different phases of isolation feels like. (Photo : Robin) A Team of 15 Volunteers 
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The Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples (SING) Consortium hosts workshops to engage students and tribal members in genomics.Credit: Rene Begay In lamenting the “broken promise that undermines human genome research”, this journal implies that researchers have a right to access information across databases (see Nature 590, 198–201; 2021). In our view, this problematically frames ‘equity’
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