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The regrowth of Amazonian forests following deforestation could be much slower than previously thought, a new study shows. The findings made significant impacts on global climate change predictions due to the ability of secondary forests to ingest carbon from the atmosphere. The study, which monitored forest regrowth over 20 years, shows that global climate change, and therefore
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The global warming trend with temperatures again likely to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels will continue next year. Climate forecasts for 2020, according to the Met Office, will likely be 1.11ºC warmer than the average between 1850-1900, bearing what meteorologists said was the “clear fingerprint” of human-induced global heating. The year ahead
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When you are dating a person which means the whole world to you, why hold yourself back from showing love in the form of gifts? It’s a common misconception that gifts don’t matter, your gesture does, which is quite right in general. But, is there any harm in making your girlfriend’s day by giving her
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NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will feature a detachable helicopter drone, and is just one of several missions to the red planet in the coming year.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Mars attack 2020 will see a veritable Mars invasion as several spacecraft, including three landers, head to the red planet. NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover, which will
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Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason – they are faithful companions and owning one will make you healthier. No wonder, most dog owners are so gaga about their pets. In fact, according to this study, almost half of dog owners cuddles more with their pets than their partners! This list compiled the best
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Alan Cooper was awarded a prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize in 2017.Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty The University of Adelaide has fired Alan Cooper, the high-profile leader of its Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, for “serious misconduct”. His dismissal follows allegations that Cooper bullied staff and students, and an investigation into the ‘culture’ of the centre. Cooper
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here This artist’s concept illustrates Kepler-47, the first known transiting circumbinary system (multiple planets orbiting two suns).NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle The three-body problem, which has stumped scientists since the 1600s, now has a solution — of sorts. Astrophysicist Nicholas
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A “magnetic explosion” on the Sun,which was triggered by a nearby eruption – a forced reconnection rather than a spontaneous one, was seen by NASA‘s Solar Dynamics Observatory astronomers for the first time. The phenomenon, known as magnetic reconnection, previously occurred many times on the Sun and around our planet; however, the astronomers only took spontaneous reconnections
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Joelle Pineau launched a reproducibility challenge at the 2019 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.Credit: Facebook Joelle Pineau doesn’t want science’s reproducibility crisis to come to artificial intelligence (AI). Spurred by her frustration with difficulties recreating results from other research teams, Pineau, a machine-learning scientist at McGill University and Facebook in Montreal, Canada, is now
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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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