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Stellar feedback and an airborne observatory; scientists determine a nebula younger than believed

Researchers studied RCW 120 to analyze the effects of stellar feedback, and found that RCW 120 must be less than 150,000 years old, which is very young for such a nebula. …

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Unlocking richer intracellular recordings

A forward-thinking group of researchers has identified a flexible, low-cost, and biocompatible platform for enabling richer intracellular recordings. …

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Engineer cautions pregnant women about speed bumps

Slow down. Baby on board. Future baby on board. New research determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger for pregnant women and their fetuses. …

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Biden Wants Leaders to Make Climate Commitments for Earth Day

The administration is closing in on deals with some close allies, but agreements with powers like China, Brazil and India are proving difficult. …

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COVID-19 in our dust may help predict outbreaks, study finds

A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus’s RNA can persist up to a month in dust. The study did not evaluate whether dust can transmit the virus to humans. It could, however, offer another option for monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks in specific buildings, including nursing homes, offices or schools. …

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Darius, ‘World’s Longest Rabbit,’ Goes Missing

Measuring more than four feet, the furry giant should be easy to spot. But he vanished from an English garden last weekend, and the police are treating his disappearance as an abduction. …

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Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine: US Calls for Pause After Clotting Cases

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control will stop using the vaccine at federal sites and urge states to do so as well while they examine the safety issues. …

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Executives Call for Deep Emission Cuts to Combat Climate Change

More than 300 corporate leaders will ask the Biden administration to nearly double the emission reduction targets set by the Obama administration. …

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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. Are They Also Fueling Climate Change?

Making the digital artworks requires colossal amounts of computing power, and that means greenhouse gases. …

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Japan to Start Releasing Radioactive Water From Fukushima in 2 Years

The government says the plan is the best way to dispose of water used to prevent the ruined nuclear plant’s damaged reactor cores from melting. …

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Ocean bacteria release carbon into the atmosphere

Researchers have discovered that deep-sea bacteria dissolve carbon-containing rocks, releasing excess carbon into the ocean and atmosphere. The findings will allow scientists to better estimate the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, a main driver of global warming. …

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Road salts and other human sources are threatening world’s freshwater supplies

When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt to melt snow and ice. Road salt is an important tool for safety, but a new study warns that introducing salt into the environment — for de-icing roads, fertilizing farmland or other purposes — releases toxic chemical cocktails that create a serious and growing global threat to our freshwater supply and human health. …

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Spanking may affect the brain development of a child

A new study linking spanking and child brain development shows spanking could alter a child’s neural responses to their environment, in similar ways to a child experiencing more severe violence. …

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Unusual fossil reveals last meal of prehistoric pollinator

An amber fossil of a Cretaceous beetle has shed some light on the diet of one of the earliest pollinators of flowering plants. …

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The Fairy Circles Mystery Gets a New Suspect

A small study suggests that soil microbes could play a role in the ring-like grass formations in parts of Australia’s wilderness. …

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Shift in diet allowed gray wolves to survive ice-age mass extinction

Gray wolves are among the largest predators to have survived the extinction at the end of the last ice age. A new study analysing teeth and bones shows that the wolves may have survived by adapting their diet over thousands of years — from a primary reliance on horses during the Pleistocene, to caribou and moose today. …

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Parents, Stop Talking About the ‘Lost Year’

Teenagers and tweens will be fine, experts say — if adults model resilience. …

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Daydreaming Can Be Good for You

Far from a waste of time, daydreaming might be one of the best things you can do with your free time. …

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Make a Parachute Out of Newspaper

With a little ingenuity, your sheet of newsprint can float safely to the ground. …

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AstraZeneca Vaccine and Blood Clots: What Is Known So Far

In rare cases, an immune reaction has led to antibodies that caused a serious clotting disorder. But public health experts maintain the vaccine’s benefits far outweigh the risks for most people. …

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New research reveals secret to Jupiter’s curious aurora activity

Jupiter’s polar cap is threaded in part with closed magnetic field lines rather than entirely with open magnetic field lines, new research finds. …

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White House Warns of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Scarcity

Johnson & Johnson will allocate 86 percent fewer doses across the United States next week than are now being allocated, according to C.D.C. data, dealing a setback to a national vaccination campaign that has just found its footing. …

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Yehuda Ben-Yishay, Pioneer in Treating Brain Injuries, Dies at 88

After working with wounded Israeli soldiers in the 1970s, he developed a holistic approach to helping patients regain some semblance of the life they had before. …

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Are You Confused by Scientific Jargon? So Are Scientists

Scientific papers containing lots of specialized terminology are less likely to be cited by other researchers. …

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Unsettling currents: Warm water flowing beneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Researchers have been able to obtain data from underneath Thwaites Glacier, also known as the ‘Doomsday Glacier’. They find that the supply of warm water to the glacier is larger than previously thought, triggering concerns of faster melting and accelerating ice flow. …

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