Month: September 2020

Putting a price on carbon should reduce emissions, because it makes dirty production processes more expensive than clean ones, right? That’s the economic theory. Stated baldly, it’s obvious; however, there is perhaps a tiny chance that what happens in practice might be something else. In a newly published paper, we set out the results of
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<!––>Deep qubits: practical quantum computers based on superconducting technologies may have to be located underground to protect against decoherence by ionizing radiation. (Courtesy: iStock/Devrimb) Such is their sensitivity to environmental noise, quantum computers might in future be shielded by thick layers of lead and even operated deep underground. So say physicists in the US, who
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One of the things that this pandemic lockdown has brought us is having the time and energy to flex our green thumb abilities. According to flower experts from flowerbulbs.com, this fall is the perfect time to plant those flower bulbs to ensure a colorful garden in time for spring.  Here are some tips from flowerbulbs.com on how to
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For such utilitarian tools, reference management software can inspire strong reactions. Physician Ben Goldacre, for instance, has tweeted at least five times about Paperpile, a subscription-based reference manager that integrates tightly with Google Docs, calling it “amazing”, “fantastic, best ever”, and “unbeLIEVably good”. Goldacre, who is also director of the DataLab at the Centre for
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Facebook users in Australia may soon be blocked from sharing news. The social media giant is threatening to make it impossible for users in Australia to share local and international news content on both Facebook and Instagram if the government passes new regulations altering the financial arrangement between publishers and online platforms. The new rules, strongly backed
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<!––>In vivo delivery of a gene-editing protein (Cre-recombinase) into the mouse brain, visualized as red fluorescence (scale bar 100 μm). Inset: transmission electron microscopy image of lipid nanoparticles containing Cre-recombinase (scale bar 0.1 μm). (Courtesy: Qiaobing Xu, Tufts University) Nanoparticles doped with molecules derived from a neurotransmitter can smuggle chemical cargoes across the blood’brain barrier
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