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It is a current dilemma if old sea oil rigs should be left in the sea or not, and the merits of leaving them are being discussed, including economic, environmental, and social benefits.  Leaving Artificial Structures at Sea The decommissioning of the offshore gas and oil infrastructure of the UK will cost 24 billion pounds in taxpayer money, as estimated by HMRC.
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Trump has repeatedly undercut messages from public-health officials such as those on the White House coronavirus task force, including its coordinator Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Since he took office in January 2017, US President Donald Trump has not made science a priority;
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The playful teasing behavior of apes, as seen in human toddlers and infants, can shed light on humor’s evolution. Joking in Young Humans Human toddlers and infants already make jokes even before they learn the art of talking. They know how to play games and similar actions that provoke reactions from adults.  A new study showed that non-human apes such as orangutans and gorillas also
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The Antarctic’s melting snow has revealed the frozen remains of penguins as old as 800 years to 5,000 years. With the entire world warming up and surpassing the 1.1º C threshold in temperature increase, the ice sheets worldwide are melting, and exposing Viking remains, ancient viruses, methane, diesel, and now, dead penguins.  A Discovery On the coast of the Antarctic at Cape Irizar, the researchers who
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Police are filing aggravated animal cruelty to a Newnan resident after finding a dead, malnourished puppy chained to a tree in his backyard. On Wednesday morning, investigators of the Newnan Police Department responded to probation compliance check on Smith Street and discovered a deceased puppy. (Photo : Pixabay)Police are filing aggravated animal cruelty to a
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According to analysts, green hydrogen produced from solar and wind energy may become the most inexpensive “transformative fuel,” as termed by Australia’s government. Developed by this Decade The government wanted to prioritize “clean hydrogen” as the low-emissions technology, which will eventually replace fossil fuels for transportation, electric power, and industry to help eliminate carbon emissions. The government’s recent statement on this technology
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The XENON1T is one experiment that has been hunting for dark matter.Credit: Enrico Sacchetti Physicists are hatching a plan to give a popular but elusive dark-matter candidate a last chance to reveal itself. For decades, physicists have hypothesized that weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are the strongest candidate for dark matter — the mysterious substance
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Venus’s atmosphere is highly acidic and contains very little water.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The surprise discovery of gas that could be a sign of life on Venus has reignited scientific interest in Earth’s closest neighbour. Researchers and space agencies worldwide are now racing to turn their instruments — both on Earth and in space — towards the
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Workers carry out a burial wearing full protective equipment at Pondok Ranggon COVID-19 cemetery in Jakarta.Credit: Mast Irham/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Nine months into the coronavirus pandemic, the official global death toll has now exceeded one million people. Researchers
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Figure 1 | Rivers of meltwater carve into the Greenland ice sheet.Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty The Greenland ice sheet is losing ice at an increasing rate, owing to rising air and ocean temperatures1,2. Melting of the ice sheet is currently increasing global mean sea level by about 0.7 millimetres per year (see go.nature.com/3mrkuw8), but models predict3
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The Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society has issued a new publication with a checklist of breeding guidelines to plant breeders and farmers of crops, authored by researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the University of Portsmouth.  It is a formula for growing crops more sustainably and helping its users better understand and improve their plants. It helps increase yield and growth using their
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1. Ranganath, C. & Rainer, G. Neural mechanisms for detecting and remembering novel events. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 4, 193–202 (2003). CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. van Kesteren, M. T., Ruiter, D. J., Fernández, G. & Henson, R. N. How schema and novelty augment memory formation. Trends Neurosci. 35, 211–219 (2012). Article  Google Scholar  3. Lisman,
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1. Benford, D., Amato, M., Mather, J. C., Moseley, S. H. & Leisawitz, D. Mission concept for the Single Aperture Far-Infrared (SAFIR) Observatory. Astrophys. Space Sci. 294, 177–212 (2004). ADS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Graham, P. W., Irastorza, I. G., Lamoreaux, S. K., Lindner, A. & van Bibber, K. A. Experimental searches for the axion
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A water saver device innovation in UK toilets meant to save water for consumers is wasting billions of liters each week. Approximately 400 million liters or 88 million gallons are wasted from leaks each day. Dual-flushing toilets A lot of the waste comes from dual-flushing toilets marketed as water-saving devices. According to a water company, waste comes from their
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Nurses care for a person in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in the French region of Guadeloupe.Credit: Lara Balais/AFP/Getty Immune breakdown linked to severe COVID-19 illness Some severe cases of COVID‑19, including those in healthy people, could be linked to dysfunction of immune-signalling chemicals called type-1 interferons, according to a study of people with
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Many voters waited hours to cast ballots in US primaries this spring.Credit: Al Drago/Reuters Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto Julia Lane MIT Press (2020) The Web was invented 30 years ago, yet 2020 is the first year that the United States’ decennial census has allowed households to respond online. This shift came in the nick
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Andean communities are turning to quinoa during today’s pandemic and climate change crises, with traditional quinoa preserving the heritage of local biodiversity in this region. Indigenous Andean communities have planted quinoa for seven millennia, and the deserted highlands that serve as their home have been declared by the UN as a GIAHS, or Globally Important
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Credit: Adapted from Getty Hundreds of scientists worldwide have petitioned an international marine-mammalogy society to take a stand against unpaid positions such as internships and work-experience placements, arguing that uncompensated work presents barriers to diversity and inclusion within the discipline. The petition, which was signed by 727 marine-mammal researchers and others, was sent to the
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Windship Technology announced its wind propulsion system project on ships expected to save fuel by up to 30 percent. It already has a test ship ready. Windship Tech is a company advocating wind propulsion. (Photo: Pixabay)Windship Technology recently announced that it is working on wind propulsion systems that could save fuel consumption by up to 30%.   First Test Ship
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I became fascinated by bats in 2011, after I started working with them in Central Amazonia. But this photo was taken near Ranomafana National Park in eastern Madagascar, during an expedition organized by the University of Helsinki. My colleague, Adrià López-Baucells, and I led the bat research. I am in the white T-shirt. We had
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Many multicellular animals respond to disease-causing agents, termed pathogens, using an evolutionarily conserved defence pathway called the cGAS–STING pathway1,2. Reports in the past few years of cGAS- and STING-like proteins in bacteria raised the possibility that this pathway is more evolutionarily ancient than was previously thought3–5. Writing in Nature, Morehouse et al.6 demonstrate that a
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US visa restrictions have forced some international researchers out of the nation.Credit: Getty A flurry of US visa restrictions, along with ongoing anti-immigrant sentiment in the nation, has affected a countless number of early-career international researchers. In early July 2020, the administration of UP President Donald Trump announced a controversial, widely criticized policy to revoke
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There were no readily accessible oxygen billions of years in Earth’s past, and scientists now think that arsenic, a known poison, may have helped early life on our planet breathe. In the Atacama Desert in Chile, in Laguna La Brava, researchers study photosynthetic microorganisms that live in a hyper-saline lake that is permanently and utterly devoid of oxygen. They published their research
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A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Istanbul on Thursday afternoon, 4:38 pm local time. The quake caused locals of the most populous city to panic momentarily. The quake hit the Marmara Sea, off the coastal town of Marmara Ereğlisi at a depth of 6.8 kilometers. No damage or casualties have been reported.  The earthquakes of the recent
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Camp Ashland is set to be rebuilt after successive waves of destructive floods damaged it, with a project worth $35 Million being granted recently for this purpose. It will be the Camp’s centerpiece project under the $62 Million flood reconstruction project for the Camp.  Resiliency Through Disasters The Camp experienced several waves of disasters, including two devastating floods
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Protesters call for an end to COVID-19-based restrictions in Sacramento, California.Credit: Stanton Sharpe/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Several ongoing coronavirus-vaccine trials — from Moderna, Pfizer and the University of Oxford–AstraZeneca — could announce game-changing results next month. Here are
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The EPA made a recent statement denying the adverse effects of pesticide chlorpyrifos on children’s brain development. This new pronouncement directly contradicts federal researchers’ scientific conclusions five years ago, who stated that the chemical stunts brain development. Chlorpyrifos is present in grapes, almonds, soybeans, and other crops. The new statement is excellent news and is a significant win for the
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Firefighters and volunteers in the Pantanal, Brazil, have been scrambling to rescue jaguars from extreme fires.Credit: Andre Penner/AP/Shutterstock When Luciana Leite arrived in the Pantanal on 2 September, she thought she would be celebrating her wedding anniversary. Instead, the biologist and her husband spent their eight-day planned holiday aiding volunteers and firefighters struggling to extinguish
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Protestors call for an end to COVID-19-based restrictions in Sacramento, California.Credit: Stanton Sharpe/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Several ongoing coronavirus-vaccine trials could announce game-changing results next month. But as anticipation grows, concerns are growing about whether the vaccines will clear safety trials, what they will achieve if they do and the risk that the approval process will be
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A new five-year pilot, carbon market program, is organized to provide conservation funding for land trusts to alleviate climate change. This is a project of the Land Trust Alliance. The climate Trust and Finite Carbon serve as project partners. Project Objectives This program is intended to allow small land trusts with forest lands to join the carbon market voluntarily. They will
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1. Walsh, C. T., Garneau-Tsodikova, S. & Gatto, G. J., Jr. Protein posttranslational modifications: the chemistry of proteome diversifications. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 44, 7342–7372 (2005). CAS  Google Scholar  2. Deribe, Y. L., Pawson, T. & Dikic, I. Post-translational modifications in signal integration. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 17, 666 (2010). CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar  3.
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