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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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Pepper the robot greets visitors to Berlin’s Futurium.Credit: David von Becker Thirty years ago, the future became passé. When the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989 and the communist regimes that hid behind it collapsed, political scientist Francis Fukuyama called the event “the end of history”. But he also cast it as the finale of
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The beloved clownfish popularized in “Finding Nemo” may be about to vanish for good as its unique mating habits put it at risk from climate change, according to scientists. Researchers from France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues observed the vibrantly colored clownfish - which live in anemones – for
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The earthquake that devastated San Francisco, California, in 1906 arose from the San Andreas fault — which might be linked to another major fault zone to the north.Credit: Underwood Archives/Getty Two of North America’s most fearsome earthquake zones could be linked. A controversial study argues that at least eight times in the past 3,000 years,
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While there is no cure for cancer and there is no treatment to stop a person from getting cancer there is a vaccine that can reduce the risk of getting a specific type of cancer. HPV is a type of cancer that affects the reproductive system and can be easily passed with sexual contact. There
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Police officers patrolling in Kashgar, a city in China’s western Xinjiang region. Credit: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Two science publishers are reviewing the ethics of research papers in which scientists backed by China’s government used DNA or facial-recognition technology to study minority groups in the country, such as the predominantly Muslim Uyghur population. Springer Nature (which publishes
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Whether you like it or not, parasites live within your intestines. Some parasites do not affect your daily life. Other parasites can cause or affect severe health problems in your body.  You might think of a parasite as a large creature destroying your internal organs, but that’s only partially correct. Most parasites are small invaders
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Electrons (orange circles) and light pulses (pink) cross paths at a memory cell (small red bar). Both types of signal can encode information on the cell. Credit: Nikolaos Farmakidis Optics and photonics 06 December 2019 A memory-storage device can bank information delivered by either light or electronic signals. Physicists have found a way to squeeze
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Elena Schneider-Futschik encourages scientists to take active part in academic societies. Credit: Gavan Mitchell/The University of Melbourne As a freshly minted PhD student at my first big conference, I was overwhelmed by the packed scientific programme and slightly intimidated by all the smart attendees. It was 2015, and I was one of more than 7,000
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Almost everyone is having a smartphone and utilizing various types of mobile applications as per their needs. Having an iPhone is a dream for many of us and making use of mobile applications in the iPhone is a challenging one for each customer. This is because; Apple iPhones are viewed as a symbol of Pride
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here The earthquake that devastated San Francisco, California, in 1906 arose from the San Andreas fault — which might be linked to another major fault zone to the north.Credit: Underwood Archives/Getty Two of North America’s most fearsome
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Cybersecurity concerns are evolving and with data privacy laws cracking down on the way companies manage consumer data, one of the biggest questions for businesses is how to develop security strategies that could effectively combat data breaches, malware, and limit vulnerabilities within the already existing system.  Trend Micro cites out of date security systems, weak
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Cells of Wilms tumour (artificially coloured), a cancer that often arises from expansive patches of tissue harbouring telltale DNA changes. Credit: National Cancer Institute/SPL Cancer 06 December 2019 Genetic changes in utero set the scene for a paediatric kidney tumour. A childhood kidney cancer often arises from tissue that becomes predisposed to cancer during an
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Credit: Francis Tsang/Cover/Getty Margarita Salas discovered a new mechanism for the replication of DNA. The enzyme she isolated as the key to it has transformed the process of amplifying DNA from very small samples, and is now widely used in forensics, studies of ancient DNA and oncology, as well as in basic research. Her invention,
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s (centre) Conservative party has promised to raise UK spending on research to 2.4% of gross domestic product.Credit: Alastair Grant/AP/Shutterstock The United Kingdom’s three main political parties have each pledged to increase spending on science, ahead of a general election overshadowed by the country’s vote two and a half years ago to
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Adopting a cat from a shelter is a very good decision, and not only because it is the most inexpensive way to get a pet. By accepting a homeless cat, you not only save the life of this animal, but you also make room for the next pet that needs help. However, before making a
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When I left for the first time, there were tears in your eyes, and you grasped my hand with a quiet, desperate affection. “It’s only a year,” I whispered, words lost to the song of idling stardrives, the clatter of shuttle lifts and the din of the spaceport swallowing our goodbyes like the singularity I
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The world’s efforts to stop climate change have so far been “utterly inadequate,” and dangerous global warming could pass the “point of no return,” United Nations (UN) said. Speaking before the start Monday of a two-week international climate conference in Madrid, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the impact of increasing temperatures and extreme weather is already being
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The World Health Organization says that improved efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria are allowing several countries to eliminate the disease.Credit: Edwin Remsberg, VWPICS/SPL The number of malaria infections recorded globally has fallen for the first time in several years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which published its annual World Malaria Report
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