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To track coronavirus variants, U.S. needs more genetic sequencing, scientists say

To track coronavirus variants, U.S. needs more genetic sequencing, scientists say

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcomments“You can’t fix what you don’t measure” is a maxim in the business world. And it holds true in the world of public health as well.Early in the pandemic, the United States . That failure meant officials didn’t know the true number of people who had COVID-19. They were left to respond to the pandemic without knowing how quickly it was spreading and what interventions minimized risks.Now the U.S. faces a similar issue with a different type of test: genetic sequencing. Unlike a...

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Apr 12
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Rising sea levels are creating ‘ghost forests’ of coastal trees

Rising sea levels are creating ‘ghost forests’ of coastal trees

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsTrekking out to my research sites near North Carolina’s , I slog through knee-deep water on a section of trail that is completely submerged. Permanent flooding has become commonplace on this low-lying peninsula, nestled behind North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The trees growing in the water are small and stunted. Many are dead.Throughout coastal North Carolina, evidence of forest die-off is everywhere. Nearly every roadside ditch I pass while driving around the region is lined...

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Vaccines against the coronavirus will have side effects – and that’s a good thing

Vaccines against the coronavirus will have side effects – and that’s a good thing

Close MenuA little bit of post-injection soreness is completely normal. Photo by Getty Images.In 2021 hundreds of millions of people will be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. The success of that COVID-19 vaccination campaign will heavily depend on public trust that the vaccines are not only effective, but also safe. To build that trust, the medical and scientific communities have a responsibility to engage in difficult discussions with the public about the significant fraction of people who will experience from these vaccines.who studies , so part of that responsibility falls on me.Simply put,...

Dec 3
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Some Women Were Big-Game Hunters, Complicating Ancient Gender Roles

Some Women Were Big-Game Hunters, Complicating Ancient Gender Roles

Archeological evidence from Peru has revealed , challenging what science writer James Gorman wrote was "." "" is a developed by early 20th-century anthropologists armed with their imaginations and a handful of fossils.They viewed hunting – done by men – as the prime driver of human evolution, bestowing upon our early ancestors bipedalism, big brains, tools, and a lust for violence. In this narrative, hunting also gave rise to the nuclear family, as women waited at home for men to bring home the meat.As an anthropologist who studies hunting and gathering societies, I was thrilled by the...

Mar 13
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Quantum Holograms Could Make Ridiculously Detailed Images of Our Bodies And Cells

Quantum Holograms Could Make Ridiculously Detailed Images of Our Bodies And Cells

Once, holograms were just a scientific curiosity. But thanks to the rapid development of lasers, they have gradually moved centre stage, appearing on the security imagery for credit cards and bank notes, in science fiction movies – most memorably Star Wars – and even "live" on stage when Tupac reincarnated for fans at the Coachella music festival in 2012.  is the photographic process of recording light that is scattered by an object, and presenting it in a three-dimensional way. Invented in the early 1950s by the Hungarian-British physicist Dennis Gabor, the later earned him the Nobel Prize...

Mar 10
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Physicists Just Found 4 New Subatomic Particles That May Test The Laws of Nature

Physicists Just Found 4 New Subatomic Particles That May Test The Laws of Nature

This month is a time to celebrate. CERN has just announced the discovery of at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva.This means that the LHC has now found , in addition to the , since it started colliding protons – particles that make up the atomic nucleus along with neutrons – in 2009. Excitingly, while some of these new particles were expected based on our established theories, some were altogether more surprising.The LHC's goal is to explore the structure of matter at the shortest distances and highest energies ever probed in the lab – testing our current best theory of nature: . And...

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The Latest Chatbots Are Capable of 'Resurrecting' The Dead - If We Let Them

The Latest Chatbots Are Capable of 'Resurrecting' The Dead - If We Let Them

It was recently revealed that in 2017 Microsoft which, if built, would digitally resurrect the dead. Using AI and , the proposed chatbot would bring our digital persona back to life for our family and friends to talk to. When pressed on the technology, Microsoft representatives admitted that the chatbot was "", and that there were currently no plans to put it into production.Still, it appears that the technical tools and personal data are in place to make digital reincarnations possible. AI chatbots have already passed the "", which means they've fooled other humans into thinking they're...

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3 ways that the U.S. population will change over the next decade

3 ways that the U.S. population will change over the next decade

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsThe U.S. has just entered the new decade of the 2020s.What does our country look like today, and what will it look like 10 years from now, on Jan. 1, 2030? Which demographic groups in the U.S. will grow the most, and which groups will not grow as much, or maybe even decline in the next 10 years?I and I have examined population data from the U.S. Census Bureau and from the Population Division of the United Nations.Projections show that whites will decline; the number of old...

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January 2, 2020
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The U.S. electric power sector is 'halfway' to zero carbon emissions

The U.S. electric power sector is 'halfway' to zero carbon emissions

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsRenewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system.So far plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have adopted laws or executive orders setting goals for reaching 100% clean electricity by 2050 or sooner. And 46 U.S. utilities have . Now the Biden administration and some members of Congress are proposing to by 2035.While this much change in 15 years seems ambitious, our new report, “,” looks back at the past 15 and finds...

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Apr 21
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