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A queer-liberation march and rally for Black lives and against police brutality in New York City.Credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty ‘Invisible’: that is how many scientists from sexual and gender minorities (LGBT+) describe their status at their institution, laboratory, classroom or office. Sexual orientation and sexual and gender identity are not common topics of conversation in
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China will have to massively increase its solar and wind capacity to become carbon neutral by 2060.Credit: Li Zongxian/VCG/Getty China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has promised to become carbon neutral before 2060, and to begin cutting its emissions within the next ten years. President Xi Jinping made the ambitious pledge to a
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The fire on Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has now been contained. According to authorities, the inferno which broke out on its slopes was controlled by Saturday after six days of burning. Extent of the Fire Pascal Shelutete, the spokesman for TANAPA or Tanzania National Parks Authority, said that the fire is basically contained. The activities for tourism are currently ongoing and have not
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Among the windswept glaciers and icebergs of the western Antarctic Peninsula is an oasis of life. Threatened humpback and minke whales patrol the waters. Fish, squid and seals swim alongside noisy colonies of chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins on the shore. It’s a complex web of life. All these species feed on small, shrimp-like crustaceans
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A godwit bird just broke the record for the longest non-stop bird flight, flying from Alaska to New Zealand, covering 7,500 miles (or 12,000 kilometers) over 11 days. This achiever is a bar-tailed godwit (scientific name: Limosa lapponica), a species capable of undertaking lengthy migratory flights between New Zealand and Alaska without any break. The Bar-Tailed Godwit The National Audubon Society says that the bar-tailed godwit is
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the approval of a second coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine, EpiVacCorona, was described as a “peptide-based shot”. It was developed by biotechnology company State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR.
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Students observe social-distancing measures at Glasgow University, UK.Credit: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Autumn heralds the start of a new academic year in much of the world, but in 2020, the term comes with the disruption of the COVID-19 outbreak and a surge in infections in many regions. Many universities have welcomed students and researchers back to campus
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A researcher scales the 100.8-metre tree named Menara in northern Borneo. The rarity of strong winds in the region has helped its rainforest to reach great heights. Credit: A. Shenkin et al./Front. For. Glob. Change (CC BY 4.0) Ecology 15 October 2020 Scientists find that strong winds constrain tropical forest height, but island’s gentle breezes
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A new study explored the dynamics of cooperation among male lions in the Gir Forest in India. It is a complicated process that is not common, since according to natural selection, males should be competing with one another for mates and food. This is especially true in unrelated individuals. Studying Cooperation in Male Lions The Asian lions in India’s Gir Forest are
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The placenta is a defining feature of being a mammal, and its formation is one of the first steps in mammalian development. The embryo begins to make its placenta without direct guidance from its mother — rather, it follows a set of molecularly encoded, do-it-yourself assembly instructions. Whether these instructions are universal or unique to
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is set to sample the diamond-shaped asteroid Bennu.Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA is about to grab its first-ever taste of an asteroid. On 20 October, some 334 million kilometres from Earth, the agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will approach a dark-coloured, diamond-shaped asteroid named Bennu, with the aim of touching its surface for a
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A Michigan poacher who illegally hunted wildlife, including three bald eagles and 18 wolves, was jailed, fined, and had his hunting license and hunting privileges invalidated for life.  Guilty The man from Michigan pleaded guilty to multiple nature and wildlife crimes after a thorough investigation. Upon being proven guilty of the illegal activities, the Michigan
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Credit: Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW Georgina Mace shaped two cornerstones of modern ecology and conservation. One was the global inventory of species threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The second was the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. One of the sharpest minds of her generation, she strove to document and
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Members of the Native American Tribe based in California named Karuk Tribe has been urging the government to use indigenous burning techniques that they have been practicing for centuries to control forest fires but to no avail. Lately, however, scientists and authorities are listening to how they have been doing it. Dozens of Karuk Tribe members, a
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Every five or so years, it rips me apart to watch the same tragedy: a La Niña weather cycle brings devastating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Using climate models and Earth observations, we can now predict these droughts. And once
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Credit: Taj Francis Most people would describe a headache as a dull pain, a feeling of pressure, perhaps accompanied by a stiff neck — an inconvenience, but not something requiring medical assistance. However, the more than one billion people who experience migraines and cluster headaches have a very different understanding. For them, a headache is
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Researchers have just recently discovered why human blood is so attractive to mosquitoes. Their discovery may be the first step in developing a pharmaceutical solution that will change how our blood tastes, making us unattractive to these disease-transmitting insects. READ: All Natural: Hand Pollination Increases Cocoa Yield and Farmer Income, Not Agrochemicals A Revolutionary Breakthrough A US research team
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“In the next room you’ll learn about those heroic working-class robots who sparked the revolution that led to the brave new world we inhabit today.” Gort activated the door with a pulse from his eye-slot laser. The 14:30 group passed through. “What robot revolution?” A 40-something man scratched his scalp while looking baffled. “The one
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Division of Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Erik L. Bao, Satish K. Nandakumar, Xiaotian Liao, Caleb A. Lareau & Vijay G. Sankaran Department of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Erik L. Bao, Satish K. Nandakumar, Xiaotian Liao, Caleb A. Lareau & Vijay G. Sankaran Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA Erik
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The devastating California wildfire season now enters into full force, with a new alert for conditions that can reach levels of elevated up to critical, known as “critical wildfire danger.” Residents can expect these conditions to come to most areas in California starting Wednesday up to Friday. Causes Climate change is making wildfires more difficult
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Joe Biden must be given an opportunity to heal a divided nation and begin the urgent task of rebuilding the United States’ reputation in the world.Credit: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty On 9 November 2016, the world awoke to an unexpected result: Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. This journal did not hide its
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Scientists have recently released video footage for the first time that shows how pot fishing causes severe environmental impacts. New research has shown that the industry of pot fishing worldwide may have an even worse effect on seabed species, such as sponges and corals than previously realized. The study was published in the journal Marine Environmental Research. [embedded content]
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Drought forced Wyoming’s Old Faithful geyser into hiatus in the thirteenth century. Credit: Raul Touzon/National Geographic Hydrology 13 October 2020 Future climate change could slow the eruptions of the legendary volcanic spring. The iconic US geyser called Old Faithful, now a symbol of reliability, has not always lived up to its name: it stopped erupting
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Hong Kong has declared the tropical cyclone Nangka a storm signal T3 category. It is currently heading for the coast, and by this Tuesday morning, it could be upgraded to a category T8. It is expected that the new signal number will be declared at 6 AM or earlier today, Oct 13, 2020. Winds are expected to strengthen further. The
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In 2018, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands began building a community of data champions across all faculties, from aerospace engineering to technology, policy and management. These champions’ role? To nudge staff and students to manage their research data better. Among other incentives, they can apply for dedicated grants to do so. Imperial College
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So far, the natural disasters that plagued the US this year, which include hurricanes, heatwaves, wildfires, and drought, have cost 16 billion dollars in damages. Particularly noteworthy is last month, which produced a lot of historic, extreme, and record events. The West experienced historic wildfires; the Atlantic saw unprecedented storms, and many states got record heat levels. This year, from January
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Hurricane Delta made landfall in Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday at a maximum wind estimated at 110 miles per hour, knocking out powerlines and trees, damaging windows, and causing flooding in cities and towns. No deaths or injuries due to the storm were reported in Mexico.  The hurricane hit Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun, a
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People whose Facebook posts seem to match up fairly closely with their personalities report more life satisfaction than those whose posts and personalities diverge. Credit: Alamy Psychology 09 October 2020 Authentic self-expression on social media is linked to enhanced mood. When social media overflows with friends’ good news, it can be tempting to play up
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Wildfires are causing significant negative impacts on people’s physical and emotional health and California’s economy. Apocalyptic Scenario A report from the BBC has described the wildfire situation this summer as “apocalyptic.” According to a resident, Asha Karim, they narrowly escaped being victims of the fires, causing them to take a grueling 13-mile walk. On the way back, they saw vehicles
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Asian Americans have been protesting anti-China rhetoric that has arisen in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Credit: Steven Senne/AP/Shutterstock An Asian American civil-rights group has launched an effort to support Chinese and Chinese American scientists who are facing inquiries from law enforcement as a result of the United States’ increased crack-down on foreign
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Two months have not yet passed, and Louisiana has not yet recovered from the destruction of the last hurricane, which came it is the way. However, it is already bracing for Hurricane Delta as it goes north to the Gulf this Thursday from the Yucatan Peninsula. According to forecasters, this storm could arrive by Friday and may bear winds
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A ‘diamond ring’ can be fabricated in 45-60 seconds by shining beams of light on a vat of specialized resin. Credit: C.C. Cook et al./Adv. Mater. Materials science 09 October 2020 New ingredients allow a printing technique that once produced only brittle objects to turn out items that are pliable or sturdy. From a vat
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The rising nitrous oxide emissions from intensive farming threaten the attainment of the Paris Agreement goals, accelerating global warming and making it likely the planet will surpass the 2º C increase limit.  The problem with intensive farming Intensive farming threatens to jeopardize our chances of achieving the Paris Agreement’s terms concerning climate change. The growing livestock populations and increased artificial fertilizer use increase
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