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After the 2018 attempt to ban commercial plastic bags in Chile, environmental advocates supported by the government ultimately passed a plastic regulation bill to fight against plastic pollution and reduce Chile’s plastic waste by 2024. The law on single-use plastic ban, which will take effect on 2021, expects restaurants, bars, cafes, and other food industries
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NATURE BRIEFING 28 May 2021 Daily briefing: The NAS expels a member for the first time The US National Academy of Sciences has terminated astronomer Geoffrey Marcy’s membership, in light of sexual-harassment complaints. Plus, hundreds of gibberish papers lurk in the literature and a research-integrity specialist faces legal action. Flora Graham Flora Graham View author
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In Mars’ thin, dry atmosphere, cloudy days are uncommon. Clouds are most common around the planet’s equator during the coldest part of the year when Mars’ oval-shaped orbit takes it the furthest from the Sun. Scientists detected clouds gathering above NASA‘s Curiosity rover one full Martian year ago-two Earth years-earlier than planned. (Photo : NASA
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NEWS 28 May 2021 The most detailed 3D map of the Universe ever made Cosmologists have unveiled a trove of fresh data, but the measurements do not settle earlier questions about the Universe’s unexpected smoothness. Davide Castelvecchi Davide Castelvecchi View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on
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NEWS 28 May 2021 Palaeontologists hope Biden will restore protections on fossil-rich US lands Trump’s shrinking of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante reserves may be reversed — ensuring archaeological and fossil treasures are preserved for study. Freda Kreier Freda Kreier View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar
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A small study suggested that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat COVID-19, but it was later shown to be ineffective.Credit: George Frey/AFP via Getty A prominent French microbiologist has filed a criminal complaint against a world-renowned research-integrity specialist after she publicly flagged concerns about his published work, including papers suggesting that the
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Australian mouse plague is currently dominating in the grain-growing regions and rural communities of eastern Australia. For several months, mice have been everywhere, from destroying crops and electrical wires in buildings to lurking around households and even Australian hospital beds, biting patients and infesting drinking water supplies across western New South Wales (NSW). This dystopian
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Severe thunderstorms erupted once more on Wednesday afternoon, continuing what has been an active weather pattern for the Central states in the final week of May. (Photo : Getty Images) Following Monday’s tornadoes, which included a huge and hazardous one that caused damage and an injury in Kansas, the area was spared from severe thunderstorms
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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: 00:46 A vaccine candidate for an important livestock disease African animal trypanosomiasis is a parasitic disease that kills millions of cattle each year, affecting livelihoods and causing significant economic costs
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An image, taken from the front of Zhurong, shows the ramp deployed from its lander. The craft is ready to roll off and explore an invitingly flat plain.Credit: China National Space Administration First shots from China’s Mars rover The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has revealed the first images from Mars taken by its Zhurong
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‘Icequakes’ rippled through the ice on Mount Erebus in Antarctica after two huge and distant earthquakes. Credit: George Holton/Science Photo Library Solid Earth sciences 25 May 2021 Antarctic volcano trembles in the wake of distant quakes Seismic activity is unleashed at the world’s southernmost active volcano by major earthquakes in Chile and the Indian Ocean.
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Immune cells have designated sites. In this lymph node, colours indicate cell types, such as B cells (light blue) and T cells (dark blue and green).Credit: Andrea Radtke Early in the pandemic, my team spotted something surprising. When people were severely ill with COVID-19 and on a ventilator, the daily rinses of the plastic tubes
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At GeneXus, we build software that builds software. A robot or artificial intelligence, not a human, writes the code for new apps. The company, which I co-founded in 1988, is also working on small autonomous vehicles for agrobusiness. The prototype in this picture — at our global headquarters in Montevideo — which I helped to
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Microplastics are everywhere — but are they harmful? Read by Benjamin Thompson Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 Wherever they look – from the bottom of oceans to the top of mountains – researchers are uncovering tiny specks of plastic, known as microplastics. Scientists are trying to understand the potential impacts
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RESEARCH SUMMARY 21 May 2021 Protein architecture of the yeast genome Use of chromatin immunoprecipitation with exonuclease treatment (ChIP–exo) determines the positional organization of hundreds of chromosomal proteins throughout the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. The resulting ultra-high-resolution map provides insight into the regulation of genes, enhancers, replication origins, centromeres, subtelomeres and transposons. B. Franklin Pugh  ORCID:
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Many researchers’ suitcases have remained empty now for more than a year.Credit: Shutterstock In ‘normal’ times, Mike McCulloch has to scour the globe to find a person able and willing to join his laboratory. “My science is quite controversial, so I don’t get many applications for posts,” he says. But these are not normal times.
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European Research Council grants are among the most highly coveted for researchers in the European Union and associated countries.Credit: Serhii Nemyrivskyi/Getty Funding panels are more likely to give prestigious European Union early-career grants to applicants connected to the institutions of some of the panellists, a study of the 2014 funding round suggests. The effect seems
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RESEARCH SUMMARY 21 May 2021 Balancing carbon storage under elevated CO2 A global synthesis of experiments reveals that increases in plant biomass under conditions of elevated CO2 mean that plants need to mine the soil for nutrients, which decreases soil’s ability to store carbon. In forests, elevated CO2 generally seems to greatly increase plant biomass,
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A Micropholis stowi fossil, an extinct amphibian, has been found for the first time in Antarctica, according to researchers. Micropholis existed during the Early Triassic period, just after the planet’s most catastrophic mass extinction. It was historically only known from South African fossils. Its discovery in Antarctica has implications for how amphibians adapted to high-latitude
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Particles of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (blue-green; artificially coloured) infect a cell (orange).Credit: NIAID/NIH/SPL After people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the levels of infection-blocking antibodies in their blood are a strong indicator of how much protection they’ve gained against the disease, according to a modelling study1. The research showed that the presence of even small
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