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Cruise ship study: A striking percentage of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic

Cruise ship study: A striking percentage of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic

17 hours agoIn mid-March, a cruise ship departed from Ushuaia, Argentina, and set sail towards Antarctica following explorer 1915 route. The passengers and crew aboard didn't know their ship would become a floating Petri dish of .Eight days after embarking, the first passenger got a fever and the cruise ship instituted isolation and testing measures. Almost two weeks later, 59 percent of the 217 passengers and crew tested positive for Covid-19. Out of that group, more than eight out of 10 had no symptoms.In a released Thursday in the journal Thorax, scientists report that these findings...

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Vaping creates a "slime-cloak" in the mouth in record time, experiment shows

Vaping creates a "slime-cloak" in the mouth in record time, experiment shows

22 hours agoThe yellowing, unhealthy composition of the smoker’s mouth is one of the less attractive of smoking cigarettes. A new study suggests the mouths of might also be at risk: While discolored gums or teeth may not make the list of for people who vape, they do have bacterial “slime cloaks” to consider. Research Wednesday in the journal Science Advances on healthy e-cigarette users found that vaping creates stress on the , a community of about 700 bacteria species that live in the mouth. That stress creates a “pathogen-rich” environment that’s similar to that seen in people who have –...

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Animal evolution explains why social distancing is so difficult

Animal evolution explains why social distancing is so difficult

5.21.2020 9:00 PMAt a time when most is happening , new research points to just how important social connections are to human health and longevity. An analysis of long-term studies on social mammals — both humans and other animals — revealed that being social is one of the strongest factors determining morbidity and mortality. Morbidity is one's level of health and well-being while mortality is one's risk of death. The was published on Thursday in the journal Science. "In both humans and other social animals, measures of social integration and social support have been shown to predict...

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May 21
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Vibrantly colorful coral revealed as a last-ditch survival response

Vibrantly colorful coral revealed as a last-ditch survival response

8 hours agoAround the world, are threatened by the climate crisis. Typically, the dying breath of coral is signified by — an expelling of crucial algae that turns the tissue of coral a ghostly white. However, in some cases, something spectacular happens instead: In a last-ditch effort to survive, some bleaching corals turn a bright array of neon colors. According to , this transformation might actually help reefs rebound. When coral is healthy, algae live in its cells as part of a symbiotic relationship: The corals provide shelter and nutrients while the algae harness energy with...

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Bumblebees are hacking plants for survival

Bumblebees are hacking plants for survival

Bumblebees are putting the "bee" in biohacking in an effort to survive a bleak future, reports a new study. Among the factors threatening bumblebees — climate change, disease, pesticides — is a loss of habitat. Bee populations struggle when there's not enough pollen to go around. However, some bees have figured out a potential solution. When pollen is hard to come by, bumblebees NIBBLE ON THE LEAVES of plants that aren't producing flowers, damaging the plant in a way that stimulates faster flower growth. Some plants bloom UP TO A MONTH EARLIER than usual thanks to these nibbles. This...

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Images reveal the first glimpse of a baby planet being born

Images reveal the first glimpse of a baby planet being born

4 hours agoPlanets form from a disk of gas and dust that encircle a young star — the dusk particles only the diameter of a single human hair. Gravitational forces pull the gas and dust together and, sometime between 1 to 10 million years later, all of that collision results in a planetary body. This process is known by scientists. What scientists haven't known is what the birth of a planet actually looks like. Now, a recent observation by the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) is theorized to be the first look at a baby planet as it coos its way into the vast...

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How personal VR rooms for insects could save your life

How personal VR rooms for insects could save your life

3 hours agoFor humans, one reality is never enough. But what about for flies? Humans have designed different virtual worlds to , , or even . And now, researchers have designed a similar virtual experience for these common household pests: flies.By placing the common apple fly, as well as other flying insects like mosquitos, in a controlled virtual environment, researchers are able to better understand how they experience and respond to different sensory stimuli such as wind or smell. While understanding this most-common of insects is a reward unto itself, this research will also change how...

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Elon Musk teases Neuralink advancements: ‘Reality is getting weird fast’

Elon Musk teases Neuralink advancements: ‘Reality is getting weird fast’

5.17.2020 1:00 PMNeuralink, Elon Musk's human-computer linkup firm, looks set to impress. The firm, which first outlined its research during a , is focusing its initial efforts on helping patients interact with computers – but Musk is hopeful it could one day be used to more dramatically break down barriers between man and machine.On Friday, Twitter user Luis A. Vegas tagged Musk in a post writing that Neuralink will be "amazing." Musk to Vegas' post by declaring it's "next-level":"It’s next-level for sure. Reality is getting weird fast."It's the second time this month that Musk has hinted...

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Scientists discover a surprise rumbling beneath a sacred Hawaiian volcano

Scientists discover a surprise rumbling beneath a sacred Hawaiian volcano

5 hours agoBy the time you finish reading this article, there's a good chance there's been an earthquake beneath , a dormant shield on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a place in Hawaiian culture and, at nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, an for astronomy. (These two facts underlie the between Hawaiians and the astronomers who want to build a giant telescope there.) At about a million years old, it's still revealing surprises. According to a released Thursday in Science, Mauna Kea experiences a deep, low-frequency earthquake every 7 to 12 minutes. That means the small shakes have...

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Covid-19 is a “perfect storm” for conspiracy theories, finds new study that shocked scientists

Covid-19 is a “perfect storm” for conspiracy theories, finds new study that shocked scientists

In-network"What we thought would be fringe is actually the core"7 hours agoConsidering the 2020 , you might forget 2019 had its own public health disaster. There were of measles in Washington State last year, bolstered by an sentiment that festered online.A suggests that what scientists have learned from that event is more important than ever, and not just because the future of reopening society now hinges on a . Analysis of millions of Facebook pages during the 2019 measles outbreak revealed that groups promoting distrust of science, like , are better positioned to access undecided people...

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Serotonin study explains why some people are more prone to anxiety

Serotonin study explains why some people are more prone to anxiety

6 hours agoAnxiety is not a one size fits all . When faced with the same situation or stressor, some people , while others panic. Now, due to a strange new study on marmosets, researchers are one step closer to understanding why an event might cause some individual's anxiety to skyrocket while others remain chill. According to published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience, trait anxiety — a general tendency to respond with anxiety to perceived threats in the environment — is tied to serotonin transporters operating in the brain’s emotion-processing center, the . If the findings translate...

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When we find aliens, they may breathe hydrogen -- not oxygen

When we find aliens, they may breathe hydrogen -- not oxygen

5.9.2020 11:00 PMThe first time we find evidence of life on a planet orbiting another star (an ), it is probably going to be by analyzing the gases in its atmosphere. With the number of known Earth-like planets growing, we could soon discover gases in an exoplanet’s atmosphere that are associated with life on .But what if alien life uses somewhat different chemistry to ours? A new study, , argues that our best chances of using atmospheres to find evidence of life are to broaden our search from focusing on planets like our own to include those with a hydrogen atmosphere.We can probe the...

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Tesla robo-taxi release date: Elon Musk outlines 3-step plan

Tesla robo-taxi release date: Elon Musk outlines 3-step plan

5.8.2020 12:59 PMTesla's robo-taxi service, expected to offer fully-autonomous car rides with an Uber-like service, is coming together. During the company's first-quarter 2020 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk explained how the team is set to follow a three-step process to get its vehicles offering rides to people. The company plans to enable every Tesla vehicle built since October 2016, all of which have been fitted with a suite of cameras and sensors, to upgrade its software and computer to support point-to-point autonomous driving with no human taking over. This, in turn, will enable the car...

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Astronomers find nearest black hole to Earth

Astronomers find nearest black hole to Earth

5.6.2020 12:00 PMIn our vast galaxy, scientists have spotted only a couple of dozen . However, based on the number of stars in the Milky Way, there could be millions, or billions, of these cosmic beasts lurking in the shadows. Some may be much closer than we think.A team of astronomers at the European Souther Observatory (ESO) in Chile recently discovered the nearest black hole to Earth, located only 1,000 lightyears away from our planet. The black hole is part of a stellar system that's so close that it could be seen with the naked eye. This discovery points to a whole population of black...

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The virus that causes cold sores could trigger a devastating brain condition

The virus that causes cold sores could trigger a devastating brain condition

5.6.2020 6:00 PMHerpes simplex virus (HSV-1) is the kind of herpes that causes cold sores on your mouth. But while uncomfortable on the outside of your face, scientists are increasingly concerned about what the virus does on the inside of your skull. There, according to , it may have links to a devastating brain condition. In 3D models of human brains, scientists found that HSV-1 can trigger buildup that resembles . These are sticky clumps of proteins that tend to accumulate between the neurons of patients. In turn, these clumps pave the way for a slow decline in and cognitive skills. This...

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An “alcohol memory trace” in the brain triggers relapses after years of sobriety

An “alcohol memory trace” in the brain triggers relapses after years of sobriety

5.6.2020 6:00 PMFor many people with , certain cues — like seeing a glass of wine in a movie, or a happy hour through a bar window — can trigger powerful drinking-related long after becoming . These cues can set off intense cravings for alcohol and cause relapse even after years of abstinence. In a in mice, researchers evaluated why these memories persist and why they can hijack decision-making. They discovered that repeatedly drinking alcohol alongside particular cues can activate certain clusters of neurons to form a long-lasting physical memory trace in the brain. In turn, encountering...

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An animal once linked to Covid-19 could be the key to better treatment

An animal once linked to Covid-19 could be the key to better treatment

12 hours agoA scaly, spikey-tailed, mammal could be an important part of developing for the novel coronavirus that's spurred the ongoing global pandemic. The has a strange immune response to Covid-19 that helps it stay safe from the disease. New research suggests that, at some point, humans hoping to protect themselves from the virus can try to mimic pangolins with medicine. This was published Friday in Frontiers in Immunology.Pangolins have been linked to Covid-19 before. They're a candidate for the species that facilitated the transfer of the virus from an animal — — to humans. Bats, ,...

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Compound found in medicinal fungus can "rapidly" reset the body clock

Compound found in medicinal fungus can "rapidly" reset the body clock

A new rhythm"We want to let people know that drastic and quick changes for our body clock are possible"22 hours agoIn the future, people getting ready for a flight — and fearing impending jet lag — might fit an assortment of additions into their : masks, gloves, and maybe a hailed for delivering animalistic sex drive. That's because a suggests that a synthetic form of , a compound found in a medicinal fungus with a reputation for keeping bedroom doors closed, may help ease the pain of . Cordycepin is the active ingredient in a fungus called C. militaris. This fungus gets its because it's...

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A new study contradicts the Moon's familiar origin story

A new study contradicts the Moon's familiar origin story

22 hours agoThe is perhaps the most familiar celestial body in our skies. It's inspired countless generations and sparked a Space Race that still captures the imagination. And yet, there is still so much we don't know about Earth's lone natural satellite, such as how it came about in the first place.A , published Wednesday in the journal Science, contradicts a well-established theory about the composition of the Moon and dismisses a long-standing hypothesis about how the Moon formed in the Solar System.The team of scientists behind the new study found traces of carbon ions across the lunar...

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A new A.I. fact-checker will hunt fake news on its home turf

A new A.I. fact-checker will hunt fake news on its home turf

7 hours agoFake news, a problem that seemed to be waning after it first burst into the 2016 news cycle, has made a huge comeback during the global coronavirus pandemic. There are few breeding grounds for the crisis more fertile than the messaging app WhatsApp, where unsuspecting users are inundated with messages promising that , among other lies. The Poynter Institute, which is dedicated to reporting on the media, is now trying to stalk the predator on its home turf with a WhatsApp chatbot that can tell users if a story is fake news -- or the real deal.How big is the problem? — More than...

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"Unprecedented" study reveals sleeping brains replay waking experiences

"Unprecedented" study reveals sleeping brains replay waking experiences

just nowEven when you’re , your brain stays remarkably , busy with coordinating injury recovery, immune function, and mood regulation. According to a remarkable , the brain is also busy replaying waking experiences during sleep. This specialized sleep setting, called “offline replay,” may help organize experiences and cement new memories into long-term storage, without overwriting the old.For , scientists have observed offline replay in animals — but not in humans. This finding is the first direct evidence of the phenomenon in people. It was published Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports....

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Stanford study on robot sensors will bring hands a little closer to 'Westworld'

Stanford study on robot sensors will bring hands a little closer to 'Westworld'

5 hours agoWhen it comes to feats of intelligence or , robots have been outpacing their flesh-and-blood counterparts for years. However, imbuing these machines with more nuanced, physical intelligence, such as a sense of touch, has been a much harder job. But scientists from Stanford University have now designed a human-like electronic skin to do just that.Using pressure and strain sensors, scientists designed a small, lightweight touch sensor that could be attached to robotic limbs, prosthetics, or medical devices to electronically translate the sensation of touching an object,...

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Sea slug study explains what happens when a human brain learns

Sea slug study explains what happens when a human brain learns

6 hours agoHuman is a notoriously multitiered phenomenon. When you recall a moment, you might think of a constellation of details — sounds, sights, and feelings. This implies that experiences are stored in a variety of locations in , studies . But pinning down exactly what type of experiences live where has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, researchers are one step closer to unraveling this mystery. In a , scientists analyzed the brains of a seemingly unhuman-like animal, , and discovered a crucial link between memories, brain regions, and the act of learning. These were published Monday...

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Lion evolution study reveals a roadmap for big cat repopulation

Lion evolution study reveals a roadmap for big cat repopulation

4 hours agoThe real of Africa may be at the top of the food chain, but their populations are in trouble. Just remain in the wild: Over the last three decades, their numbers have plummeted by 40 percent, a drop propelled by habitat loss, illegal wildlife trade, and human conflict.New research into the genetic links between different lion populations offers some hope for the vulnerable . Researchers report that a new understanding of lion evolution may help scientists one day repopulate the parts of Africa where lion populations are most at risk. ‌Despite how much airtime lions get in our...

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The Sun's midlife crisis could be making it stand out in the universe

The Sun's midlife crisis could be making it stand out in the universe

5 hours agoWe already knew that was pretty special, this bright ball of glowing gases sustains life on Earth by providing light and energy for living things to survive. But now, a study proves that the Sun's uniqueness isn't just in our heads, a result of it being the only star humanity has ever known. Even amongst a celestial sea of stars just like it, the Sun truly stands out. The , published Thursday in the journal Science, compared the Sun to 369 solar-like stars, and found that the Sun seems to be quite different from other stars that share its same properties. The new insight into our...

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