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Credit: Getty ResearchGate, the Berlin-based social-network site on which researchers can share papers and seek collaborations, is now using its connections to conduct studies of its own. A survey released this November that gathered responses from more than 10,000 ResearchGate members around the world found that 70% of respondents were willing to relocate to a
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Shouldering a few bills in your gifts might be the best option when you’re short on time, but these last-minute Christmas gifts prove otherwise. You can find unique and thoughtful last-minute ideas that’ll convince anyone that you’ve had them gift-wrapped and under the tree for weeks, thanks to Amazon and other online retailers. Regardless if
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Scientific and technological innovation has always created social and economic transformation. But the past decade showed, as few others have, the speed and scale at which such change can happen. If it continues at the present rate, the shape of the next ten years — from information technologies to applied bioscience, energy and environment —
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó (third from left) marching with students in January.Credit: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty LEBANON: Classes, as well as clashes, in the streets Mona Fawaz Lebanon’s ongoing financial meltdown and the political dysfunction behind it have fuelled large protests across the country. Since October, everyday life has been disrupted and classes suspended. The challenges
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Owning a dog means developing a wonderful relationship with an incredible animal. Unfortunately, it also means a whole lot of work, expensive obligations, and confusing decisions. Never fear, because we’re here to help! Below, you’ll find some great tips for improving your dog’s life-and your own, too! Embrace the Delivery Economy These days, it seems
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100 Years Ago The newspapers have lately published a big-game hunter’s report that a gigantic dinosaurian reptile related to the extinct Brontosaurus and Diplodocus has been seen living in the Congo region of Africa. Palaeontologists, however, receive the story with incredulity, and are decidedly of opinion that it must be founded on mistaken observations. The
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(Photo : Matthew Henry from Burst)In the United States, one person died due to superbug-related complications every 15 minutes. Scientists have developed a plastic wrap that could repel bacteria, including those which cannot be killed with antibiotics. Through nano-scale engineering and chemistry, the Canadian-based scientists produced a plastic that is chemically cured to block out
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Outbreaks of brucellosis, caused by the bacterium Brucella, often occur in farm animals.Credit: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA/Shutterstock Two Chinese agriculture research institutions are investigating how more than 100 students and staff became infected with the bacterium Brucella, strains of which are typically found in farm animals but can also trigger potentially fatal complications in people. The Lanzhou
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Malaysia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is full of lush terrain and a variety of natural wonders that aren’t like anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or eager to explore the culture of the area, Malaysia has something for everyone. Natural Beauty is Everywhere in Malaysia Are
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Frank Close, Trinity: The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History (Allen Lane, 2019) reviewed by Ann Finkbeiner. Angela Saini, Superior (Beacon, 2019) reviewed by Robin Nelson. Glass eyes of a type used in the twentieth century for ‘racial’ classification.Credit: David Harrison Daniel Kennefick, No Shadow of a Doubt (Princeton, 2019) reviewed
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As an amphibian biologist, I’m particularly obsessed with frogs, which are important in ecosystems because they eat insects and are themselves eaten by birds and reptiles. But frogs are vulnerable: 40% of amphibian species worldwide are at risk of extinction. We’ve already lost at least four frog species in Australia. By going into the field
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Credit: Sylvain Cherkaoui/Reuters Fish are a source of micronutrients that help to prevent nutrient-deficiency diseases. For 43 countries, Hicks et al. mapped the relationship between the fish-derived nutrients available from fisheries’ catches and the prevalence of such diseases. Their data demonstrate that catches in some developing countries should be enough to meet the key micronutrient
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Boris Johnson remains UK prime minister after the Conservative party wins the election with a substantial majority.Credit: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg/Getty The United Kingdom is now firmly on the path towards leaving the European Union, after the Conservative party won a majority of 79 seats in yesterday’s general election — a result that has major implications for
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NIH director Francis Collins has faced criticism for not moving faster to strengthen his agency’s policies on harassment.Credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Nearly 40% of women trainees polled by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) between January and March 2019 reported being sexually harassment at work. Those are the results of a staff survey delivered
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From planetary change to geopolitical recalibrations, 2019 has been convulsive. The year saw millions worldwide protesting against governmental inaction on the cascading crises in the global environment. Anxiety over nuclear annihilation vied with concerns over the repugnant resurgence of ‘race science’ and the emergent ethics of gene editing. Amid the tumult, Nature asked seven scientists,
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Credit: Constantine Johnny/Getty Being good at communication isn’t an attribute we are born with. Effective communication must be taught and practised. I repeatedly observe the same three barriers to effective science communication. 1. We don’t teach researchers how to communicate. Researchers who are asked to communicate as a part of their job should be given
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here The Mars InSight lander’s seismometer contains three extremely sensitive sensors nestled inside a dome to protect them from wind.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Hundreds of quakes detected by NASA’s InSight mission from its landing site near the Martian equator
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Artificial Intelligence has held the curiosity and attention of the general populace for decades. Whether it be in the form of books, films, or TedTalks, people have always had the occasion to question the ethics and morality surrounding AI. But artificial intelligence is more than fantastical crime-fighting medical companions or malevolent sentient computers capable of
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The Mars InSight lander’s seismometer contains three extremely sensitive sensors nestled inside a dome to protect them from wind.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech San Francisco, California The marsquakes are coming fast and furious. From its landing site near the Martian equator, NASA’s InSight mission is detecting about two quakes per day — and the rate is going up.
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What is Gastric Bypass Surgery? Gastric bypass is a type of weight loss, or bariatric surgery, that helps you lose weight and keep it off by making the stomach smaller. and re-routing part of the digestive system. Additionally, studies have shown that levels of the hunger hormone known as ghrelin, which triggers appetite, are significantly
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Davide Vannoni pictured in 2017.Credit: Lapone/Fotogramma/Ropi/Zuma The disgraced stem-cell entrepreneur Davide Vannoni, who in the past decade treated hundreds of people in Italy with an unproven treatment that health authorities considered ineffective and potentially dangerous, died on 10 December after a long illness. He was 53. His death brings to an end an extraordinary saga
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Tropical glaciers in South America and Africa started retreating simultaneously at the end of the last Ice Age - about 20,000 years ago, according to a Dartmouth study. The research, published in Science Advances, backs the exceptional scientific consensus on the role of carbon dioxide in making climate change but adds further levels of complexity to understanding Earth’s climate and how ice
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1. Boyd, B. The evolution of stories: from mimesis to language, from fact to fiction. Wiley Interdiscip. Rev. Cogn. Sci. 9, e1444 (2018). Google Scholar 2. Azéma, M. & Rivère, F. Animation in Palaeolithic art: a pre-echo of cinema. Antiquity 86, 316–324 (2012). Article Google Scholar 3. Mithen, S. in Becoming Human: Innovation in Prehistoric
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(Photo : pixabay) Some people just want a new beginning, and it’s always a good time to have one! If you have grown tired of your current living situation and town, it may be time to shake things up. There is nothing like experiencing a brand new city for the first time. You might live
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A smartphone snaps an image of curved OLED TVs at an electronics trade fair.Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images As scientists race to find low-carbon technologies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, energy is a hot research topic in materials science. It is obvious, then, that the search for better batteries is a focus for some emerging stars in
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China is taking dramatic steps to improve the quality and international reputation of its home-grown science journals. Publishers of hundreds of Chinese titles will receive generous government funding as part of a major five-year plan to elevate the country’s publications to among the world’s best. The government said in August that it wants to publish
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Behavioural science was key to pedestrianizing the approach to London’s busy Oxford Street.Credit: Loop Images/UIG/Getty There was a time when ‘sustainable development’ meant economic development, or perpetual economic growth — not, as we know it today, environmentally sustainable development. The change in meaning can be traced to the 1987 report Our Common Future, chaired by
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The Montreal Protocol, an international agreement signed in 1987 to stop chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from destroying the ozone layer, now seems to be the first successful  international treaty to slow the rate of global warming. New research published today in Environmental Research Letters has revealed that today’s global heats are considerably lower. The Earth will be least 1 degree
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Modern research is far removed from that done by the independent scientist of Charles Darwin’s day. But that model still underpins what we reward. And the tension is showing. The number of authors listed on published papers has increased fivefold. But our system of incentives — accreted haphazardly as science evolved from hobby to career
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A trip to New York City is on a lot of bucket lists. It is a city of infinite possibilities. Full of locations that have been immortalized by movies and literature for centuries – New York is usually never a disappointing trip. But we should not forget that while New York is beautiful and adventurous,
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Twentieth century German–Swiss philosopher Karl Jaspers is best-known proponent of Axial Age theory.Credit: Fritz Eschen/ullstein bild/Getty It’s an idea that has been influential for more than 200 years: around the middle of the first millennium BC, humanity passed through a psychological watershed and became modern. This ‘Axial Age’ transformed an archaic world of divine rulers,
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Police officers patrolling in Kashgar, a city in China’s western Xinjiang region. Credit: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Springer Nature and Wiley are reviewing the ethics of publishing DNA or facial-recognition research involving scientists backed by China’s government to
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