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Credit: CalypsoArt/Shutterstock Male scientists and other employees of some US federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), earn more money than their female counterparts. A study published in the American Journal of Sociology finds that this wage gap is largely due to hiring methods that circumvent rules
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(Photo : Reuters)The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as seen before an explosion. Handout satellite image taken on March 14, 2011 and released on December 24, 2019 by Maxar Technologies. The local government unveiled its plan to make the Fukushima fully dependent on renewable energy. Eleven solar and 10 wind farms will be constructed on
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Neuroscientist Kenneth S. Kosik.Credit: Sonia Fernandez As a physician–scientist, many of my colleagues were surprised when I moved my laboratory from the Boston Longwood campus at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where there is neither a medical school nor a university-affiliated hospital. More than a few
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Credit: Getty Agency William Gibson Berkley (2020) With a breezy “Here we go,” Eunice enters the room — and the third page of William Gibson’s speculative novel Agency. I instantly liked her. Resourceful, fast-talking and street-smart, Eunice is on a serious mission: to give the world a fair chance to fend off the end of
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In a world that seems overwhelmed by potentially infinite plastic waste, are biodegradables the final solution? Probably not. But it isn’t effortless. The industry remains debating what “biodegradable” actually means. And a few plastics made from fossil fuels will biodegrade, while some plant-based “bioplastics” won’t. Biodegradable plastics are around since the late 1980s. They initially
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Tuberculosis is the deadliest human infection, killing 1.5 million people in 2018 alone (go.nature.com/2kbuiq). It is widely accepted that an effective vaccine against the bacterium responsible, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, would be the most practical way to control the disease. However, the pathogen is often able to resist the immune responses elicited by vaccination. This has raised
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This wonderful and peaceful small seaside town nestles in a sheltered spot on Spain’s eastern coast known as the Costa Blanca, named after it’s a multitude of beaches with fine, clean and warm sand. It is well known amongst discerning holidaymakers and ex-pats from places such as the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, for being
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Contaminated water (dark) in the Dongjiang River in Guangzhou, China, in 2008. A nationwide crackdown on water pollution has led to cleaner rivers and lakes. Credit: China Photos/Getty Environmental sciences 03 January 2020 A far-reaching effort to restore lakes and rivers to health finds success in some areas. China’s sweeping campaign to cleanse filthy lakes
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(Photo : Flickr)The larvae of screwworm flies eat flesh of a living animal or sometimes, even human. Millions of flies were produced weekly by this fly breeding facility at the east of the Panama Canal. And the said establishment is jointly operated by the Panamanian and United States government. But before you start making conspiracy
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He Jiankui stunned the world when he declared that he’d created the first gene-edited babies.Credit: Mark Schiefelbein/AP/Shutterstock A Chinese court has sentenced He Jiankui, the biophysicist who announced that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies, to three years in prison for “illegal medical practice”, and handed down shorter sentences to two colleagues who
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Alert: Recycled plastic is now in the trend. Fashion brands-particularly in the direct-to-consumer space-began rolling out products made from discarded plastic over the last few years. But one area in which plastic has taken off is footwear. Brands like Adidas, Veja, and Rothy’s are just among those companies incorporating materials made of recycled plastic in
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The Huaynaputina volcano in Peru spewed out up to 14 cubic kilometres of material when it erupted in 1600. Credit: Jean-Claude Thouret Volcanology 03 January 2020 The explosive outburst in what is now Peru was much bigger than scientists had realized. Scientists re-examining a South American volcano’s 1600 eruption have found that it was among
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Engineered immune cells called CAR-T cells (smaller orbs) attack a lung-cancer cell in this artificially coloured image. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL Cancer 02 January 2020 Vaccine drives growth of T cells engineered to attack cancer cells, according to experiments in mice. People with several types of blood cancer have reaped enormous benefits — including long-term remission
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In this Article, a coding mistake occurred when calculating (-frac{Delta ,mathrm{ln},{rm{COD}}}{Delta ,mathrm{ln},{R}_{{rm{e}}}})and (frac{Delta ,mathrm{ln},{rm{LWP}}}{Delta ,mathrm{ln},{rm{CDNC}}}), in which COD denotes the cloud optical depth; Re denotes the cloud droplet effective radius; LWP denotes the liquid water path; and CDNC denotes the cloud droplet number concentration. The natural logarithm of those cloud properties was mistakenly taken before,
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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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