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Coronavirus vaccines may reduce or eliminate symptoms of long covid

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 6:00pm
People with lasting symptoms after a covid-19 infection, known as long covid, are more likely to recover than get worse after receiving a vaccine, according to an online survey
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AI has a specific Spider-Man 'brain cell' just like humans do

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 3:00pm
Human brains have neurons related to specific people, called grandmother cells, and now these have also been identified in artificial neural networks
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Effects of Finnish evacuation during second world war visible in DNA

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 2:00pm
The second world war left a major mark on the genetic composition of Finland, researchers have found, though the work may not have included minority ethnic groups
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Covid-19 news: Vaccines for new variants could be fast-tracked in UK

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:45pm
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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People of European descent evolved resistance to TB over 10,000 years

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:00am
Analysis of ancient DNA shows that a genetic variant that increases susceptibility to tuberculosis has drastically decreased in Europe since the Bronze Age
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Some frogs have noise-cancelling lungs to dampen other species’ calls

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:00am
To better hear a male’s mating call, some female frogs have noise-cancelling lungs, which resonate at frequencies that filter out the sounds of other species
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X-raying eggs while they cook reveals how egg white becomes solid

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:59am
When an egg is heated, its proteins unfold and form bonds with each other – an X-ray analysis has shown this happening on the micrometre scale over the first 160 seconds of cooking
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Facebook AI learned object recognition from 1 billion Instagram pics

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:00am
Artificial intelligence built by Facebook has learned to classify images from 1 billion Instagram photos. The AI used a different learning technique to many other similar algorithms, relying less on input from humans.
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Over one-sixth of all food produced ends up being thrown in the bin

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 9:30am
Consumer food waste hit 931 million tonnes in 2019, 17 per cent of global production. Although this figure includes non-edible waste such as bones, it suggests huge amounts of food are going uneaten
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Changing sounds reveal impact of Amazon fires on animal life

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 3:00am
Recordings reveal that the Brazilian Amazon sounds different after it has been burned several times, suggesting acoustic monitoring as a tool to measure ecosystem degradation
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Green energy app lets your car charge when electricity is cheapest

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 3:00am
Renewable energy supplier Bulb has created a specific off-peak tariff for electric cars and an app to simplify how people charge their vehicles
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Eagle-inspired robot flies by flapping its feather-covered wings

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 1:02pm
A robot that looks like a bird, flaps its wings like a bird and flies like a bird could be used as a stealthy, camouflaged drone
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We may have to rewrite our understanding of gravity

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 1:00pm
There is a mismatch between two ways of measuring galactic mass. Dark matter is one way to solve it, but so is rewriting the laws of gravity, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
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How our abuse of nature makes pandemics like covid-19 more likely

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 1:00pm
From habitat degradation to squalid animal treatment, our part in allowing “zoonotic” diseases like covid-19 to leap into humans is becoming ever clearer
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At least the Mary Anning coin doesn’t have a tripod with four legs

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 1:00pm
Celebratory coins provoking fury, very unconventional health advice and a way to chart your stools: the week in weird
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Coronavirus variant names are too confusing - there is a better way

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 1:00pm
The names given to new coronavirus variants and bacteria can be difficult to use or understand. Using a pre-generated list of names would be better, says Mark Pallen
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Benefits of microdosing psychedelic drugs may be due to placebo effect

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:58pm
Some people find that taking small doses of psychedelic drugs can sharpen awareness or improve their mood, but these benefits may happen simply because people believe they will
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Repeated coronavirus lockdowns are taking a severe toll on children

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:00pm
The covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions have impacted children's mental health – which has already been declining for years in the UK and US
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A submersible soft robot survived the pressure in the Mariana trench

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:40am
The pressure in the world’s deepest ocean abyss can crush even the strongest enclosures, so researchers are taking another tack – using a silicone robot with wings like a manta ray
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Space junk foils astronomers observing oldest galaxy in the universe

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:44am
A flash of light in the night sky, thought to have been a burst from a galaxy in the early universe, may actually have been nothing more than a glint from a piece of junk in Earth orbit
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