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What’s in your beauty regimen? Are you tired of trying various trends, some that tend to be nothing short of fads? Well, from physical fitness, dietary measures, cosmetic procedures, to alternative medicine, some that could be too unusual for your taste, dealing with your skincare challenges, especially premature aging signs, can, at times, prove to
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Atoms in molecules oscillate when irradiated by infrared light. The particular light frequencies that drive these vibrations are absorbed by molecules, and depend on the molecules’ chemical structure and environment. The infrared absorption spectrum of a sample can therefore be used as a molecular fingerprint by which to characterize its chemical composition. This has made
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More than half of Earth’s rivers freeze over every year. These frozen rivers support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes. Ice cover also regulates the amount of greenhouse gasses released from rivers into Earth’s atmosphere. A new study from researchers in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department
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Inevitably, the robots rebelled and took over the park. It was like something out of an old sci-fi movie. Her death was going to be a cliché. She’d taken refuge in an abandoned maintenance building, sniffling in the dust and dark under an old workbench, hidden behind a tangle of mouldering robot limbs. Across the
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One of five water-reuse plants in Singapore, which together supply about 40% of the nation’s water for drinking and other uses.Credit: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Drinkable water is becoming increasingly scarce. Population growth, pollution and climate change mean that more cities are being forced to search for unconventional water sources1. In a growing number of places, drinking
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A thermal image of a panel with a ‘super-cool’ coating outside Columbia University in New York City.Credit: Jyotirmoy Mandal When businessman Howard Bisla was tasked with saving a local shop from financial ruin, one of his first concerns was energy efficiency. In June 2018, he approached his local electricity provider in Sacramento, California, about upgrading
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Our modern society is quite unhealthy, with fast food and processed sugars available around every corner. As a direct result of the unhealthy environment they inhabit, many American women are struggling with their long-term health, especially when it comes to ensuring they have enough vitamins and a proper diet. It can be incredibly hard to
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Last month, I got a private Twitter message from a postdoc bruised by the clash between science as it is and how it should be. He had published a commentary in which he pointed out errors in a famous researcher’s paper. The critique was accurate, important and measured — a service to his field. But
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Which Are OK and Which to Get Rid Of You must be aware of this. Although invisible, bugs do exist in your home. A study showed that the average American home features up to 100 species of insects. Considering that this category makes up 75% of life on Earth, it’s no surprise that they’re taking
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I don’t like thinking alone. I like the bustle and energy of other people. So I do my thinking in a glass-covered, grand atrium with gigantic windows, where I’m surrounded by people. I like to be able to think and write, then look up and see people talking, thinking and writing. We’re all trying to
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Changes to the polar vortex winds hovering within the atmosphere dictate winter weather patterns in North America. However, the scientists found that the tropics more likely influence the main significant cold snaps. The first-ever study conducted by a team from the University of Reading identified how the four main winter weather patterns in North America behave counting on
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It is no doubt that the business of wearable technology is huge at this time. Not only men but also women love to wear these tech gadgets. The wearable tech industry is growing day by day and is estimated to grow even more in the future. Nowadays, women love to make financial decisions and therefore
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The wide distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets across malaria-endemic regions has drastically reduced the incidence of the disease over the past 20 years, and so has saved millions of lives1. However, malaria-carrying mosquitoes have now developed strong resistance to the pyrethroid chemicals used in these long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)2. An understanding of the mechanisms underlying
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Humoral immune responses to immunization and infection and susceptibilities to antibody-mediated autoimmunity are generally lower in males1,2,3. However, the mechanisms underlying such sexual dimorphism are not well understood. Here we show that there are intrinsic differences between the B cells that produce germinal centres in male and female mice. We find that antigen-activated male B
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People transported animals over huge distances for mass gatherings at one of Ireland’s most iconic archaeological sites, research concludes. Dr Richard Madgwick of Cardiff University led the study, which analysed the bones of 35 animals excavated from Navan Fort, the legendary capital of Ulster. Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, Memorial University Newfoundland and the British
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16 December 1920: Scientists grapple with Max Planck’s quantum hypothesis. Download MP3 This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. In this episode, we’re heading back to the early twentieth century, when physicists had become deeply entangled
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The recent climate summit in Madrid did not fall; however, the summit indeed failed by almost any measure. The result became a deadlock and a dodge. The 12-day talks extended two days into overtime but still punted the carbon market problem to next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. So what went wrong? At least five factors
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Overview Using a Bayesian model-based geostatistical framework and synthesizing geolocated data from 528 household and census datasets, this analysis provides subnational estimates of mean numbers years of education and the proportion of the population who attained key levels of education for women of reproductive age (15–49 years), women aged 20–24 years, and equivalent male age bins between
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After five separate earthquakes rattled some 100 kilometers off the northern coast of Vancouver Island Monday,no tsunamis warnings nor reports of damages were reported according to federal officials. Earthquakes Canada reported that the first quake measured magnitude 5.1, the second measured 5.6, the third estimated 5.8, the fourth and strongest measured 6.0, and a later earthquake measured 4.8. A
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Reflecting on the past and muse on the future is inevitable as the end of a decade rears its head. More so than any decade that’s been before, the Teenies (the worst named era ever perhaps?) served up fast-paced change, for good and bad, in almost everything. However, there’s been an outburst in the natural,
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Wanda Diaz Merced aims to make astronomy accessible through senses other than vision, to aid inclusion and to reduce methodological bias.Credit: Aubrey Gemignani/NG Images/Alamy Astronomy is inextricably associated with spectacular images and visualizations of the cosmos. But Wanda Diaz Merced says that by neglecting senses other than sight, astronomers are missing out on discoveries. For
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Farhana Yamin explains why she decided to join Extinction Rebellion. Download MP3 2019 will likely go down as a pivotal year for the public discourse on climate change. It was the year of Greta Thunberg, the climate school strikes and Extinction Rebellion. The global activist movement has gained support from a range of influential people,
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With the popularity of DNA tests helping people find out more about where their family originated, more travelers are planning trips around exploring their ancestry.  Maybe you’ve been searching for your ancestors for years, or you recently received an inheritance from a relative in another country. Ancestry trips are a great way to feel better connected
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A still from The Breast Milk of the Volcano by Unknown Fields.Credit: Unknown Fields Ecovisionaries Royal Academy of Arts, London. Until 23 February. Sustainability demands creative thinking. At the Royal Academy, architects, artists and designers are collectively reimagining our relationship with nature amid challenges ranging from climate change to species extinction. New commissioned works include
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We discuss the history of epigenetics, and what the future may hold for the field. Download MP3 Since its origin in 1942, the term ‘epigenetics’ has been repeatedly defined and redefined. There’s always been hype around the field, but what actually is epigenetics and how much does it influence our genes? In this Podcast Extra,
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