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Unearthing evidence for the origins of plate tectonicsPosted: 17 Aug 2020 08:47 AM PDTMinerals trapped inside tiny crystals that have survived the grinding of the continents over billions of years may help to reveal the origins of plate tectonics and perhaps even provide clues about how complex life sprang up on Earth.  The theory of plate tectonics – which describes how the Earth’s crust is separated into plates […]
Global Methane Emissions Soaring, But How Much Was Due to Wetlands?Posted: 17 Aug 2020 08:30 AM PDTLast month, an international team of scientists, including Berkeley Lab’s William Riley and Qing Zhu, published an update on the global methane budget as part of the Global Carbon Project. They estimated annual global methane emissions at nearly 570 million tons for the 2008 to 2017 decade, which is 5% higher than emissions recorded for the early 2000s and the equivalent […]
Patients taking opioids produce antibodies that may hinder anti-opioid vaccinePosted: 17 Aug 2020 08:27 AM PDTUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison scientists have discovered that a majority of people they tested who were taking opioid painkillers for chronic back pain produced antibodies against the drugs that may contribute to some of the negative side effects of long-term opioid use. The findings add to a growing understanding of how the immune system can recognize […]
Scientists study a sea creature that packs a powerful punchPosted: 17 Aug 2020 08:24 AM PDTUniversity of California, Irvine materials scientists are learning about resilience from the mantis shrimp. The ancient crustaceans are armed with two hammerlike raptorial appendages called dactyl clubs that they use to bludgeon and smash their prey. These fists, able to accelerate from the body at over 50 mph, deliver powerful blows yet appear undamaged afterward. […]
‘AeroNabs’ Promise Powerful, Inhalable Protection Against COVID-19Posted: 17 Aug 2020 08:22 AM PDTAs the world awaits vaccines to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, UC San Francisco scientists have devised a novel approach to halting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. Led by UCSF graduate student Michael Schoof, a team of researchers engineered a completely synthetic, production-ready molecule that straitjackets the crucial SARS-CoV-2 […]
Smartphones May Help Detect DiabetesPosted: 17 Aug 2020 08:21 AM PDTResearchers at UC San Francisco have developed a “digital biomarker” that would use a smartphone’s built-in camera to detect Type 2 diabetes – one of the world’s top causes of disease and death – potentially providing a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools. Type 2 diabetes affects more than 32 million […]
Study shows business travel correlates to economic growthPosted: 17 Aug 2020 08:01 AM PDTNew research from Harvard’s Growth Lab finds a direct link between a country’s incoming business travel and the growth of new and existing industries. The findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, support a Growth Lab hypothesis that moving knowhow is critical to economic growth, and business travel plays a key part in that […]
Posted: 17 Aug 2020 08:00 AM PDTTensions are high about many things right now in America, and health and safety concerns over the COVID-19 virus rank high among them, particularly in families. Many parents are fearful about in-person classes for their children; others are upset that classes will remain remote. Neighbors are irritated by those not abiding by the latest public […]
Physics researchers create an error-correcting catPosted: 17 Aug 2020 07:58 AM PDTYale physicists have developed an error-correcting cat — a new device that combines the Schrödinger’s cat concept of superposition (a physical system existing in two states at once) with the ability to fix some of the trickiest errors in a quantum computation. It is Yale’s latest breakthrough in the effort to master and manipulate the […]
Yale’s rapid COVID-19 saliva test receives FDA emergency use authorizationPosted: 17 Aug 2020 07:57 AM PDTA saliva-based laboratory diagnostic test developed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health to determine whether someone is infected with the novel coronavirus has been granted an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The method, called SalivaDirect, is being further validated as a test for asymptomatic individuals through […

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