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What's next for the gene-edited children from CRISPR trial in China?

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 7:00am
Scientists in China are considering how best to look after three children who were gene-edited as embryos in He Jiankui’s controversial experiment
Categories: Astronomy

Acoustic levitation used to build complex structures in mid-air

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 5:00am
Sound waves have been used to build complex structures in mid-air out of floating components and droplets of glue, showing the approach may have engineering and medical applications
Categories: Astronomy

Asteroid Bennu may have got its spinning-top shape from landslides

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 8:01pm
Asteroids that are shaped like spinning tops, such as Bennu and Ryugu, may have been slowed down and shaped by a series of huge landslides
Categories: Astronomy

'Shocking' failure to insulate homes means UK will miss carbon goals

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 8:01pm
Independent Climate Change Committee criticises the UK government over energy efficiency and agriculture policies, but praises action on electric cars
Categories: Astronomy

AI that detects chicken distress calls could improve farm conditions

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 8:01pm
A deep learning model can pick out chicken distress calls from recordings taken at commercial farms, and could be used to improve chicken welfare
Categories: Astronomy

Intermittent fasting linked to better gut and liver function in mice

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 7:04pm
Limiting meals to an 8-hour window each day regulates the circadian rhythm of multiple organs in mice, potentially staving off chronic disease
Categories: Astronomy

Algae cells that cheat are more likely to die of environmental stress

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 5:00pm
Cheaters don't win – at least in algae. Cells modified to reproduce when they shouldn't are more vulnerable to changes in the environment. This trade-off could help explain the emergence of multicellular organisms, and what prevents our cells from rebelling against ourselves
Categories: Astronomy

Tiny nanoturbine is an autonomous machine smaller than most bacteria

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 4:00pm
A turbine only a few dozen nanometres in size built from DNA rotates in salty water without having to be pushed, which makes it a tiny autonomous machine. It could be used to speed up chemical reactions or transport particles inside cells
Categories: Astronomy

What overturning Roe v Wade means for life-saving abortion exemptions

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 3:40pm
New laws that ban abortion in US states include exceptions for when the life of the parent is as risk. However, evidence from Texas suggests that clinicians will wait until the person is "on death’s door" before performing the procedure for fear of legal repercussions
Categories: Astronomy

A longevity diet that hacks cell ageing could add years to your life

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 11:00am
A new diet based on research into the body's ageing process suggests you can increase your life expectancy by up to 20 years by changing what, when and how much you eat
Categories: Astronomy

New-to-science toad species discovered on university campus in Peru

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 10:36am
For the second time in his life, researcher Rommel Rojas Zamora has identified a new species of toad on the campus of the university where he is working
Categories: Astronomy

UK and Germany could lower fuel and food prices by cutting biofuels

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 10:07am
The G7 group of nations reportedly rejected a proposal from the UK and Germany to lower biofuel production, but the two European nations could still go it alone
Categories: Astronomy

Update – NASA's CAPSTONE spacecraft is on its way to the moon

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 9:36am
As part of its Artemis programme to return humans to the moon, NASA’s CAPSTONE spacecraft to map the orbit of the planned Lunar Gateway space station has taken off from New Zealand
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19: What are the risks of catching the virus multiple times?

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 6:41am
A study suggests people who catch covid-19 at least twice have double the risk of dying from any cause and are three times as likely to be hospitalised in the next six months, compared with people who test positive just once
Categories: Astronomy

Faecal transplants ease irritable bowel syndrome for three years

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 5:00am
Two-thirds of people with IBS who received a stool transplant from a donor with a healthier mix of gut microbes had fewer symptoms and better quality of life three years later
Categories: Astronomy

Every heatwave occurring today is more intense due to climate change

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 4:00am
It is no longer important to use modelling to determine whether a heatwave was made more likely by climate change, say scientists, because it plays a role in all heatwaves today
Categories: Astronomy

Coming off methotrexate doubles antibody levels after covid-19 vaccine

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 7:30pm
People with conditions like psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis who took a two-week break from the immune-suppressing drug methotrexate saw their antibody levels double up to 12 weeks after their third covid-19 vaccine, compared with people who took the treatment as normal
Categories: Astronomy

African wild dogs give birth 22 days later than they did 30 years ago

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:00pm
African wild dogs like to breed at the coolest time of year, and climate change has shifted the average timing of birth by 3 weeks in just 30 years
Categories: Astronomy

Artificially intelligent robot perpetuates racist and sexist prejudice

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:38pm
Virtual robot run by artificial intelligence acts in a way that conforms to toxic stereotypes when asked to pick faces that belong to criminals or homemakers
Categories: Astronomy

Rogue planets with weird atmospheres and no star could host life

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 12:00pm
Worlds that hold onto their dense primordial atmospheres of hydrogen and helium may stay warm enough to maintain liquid water on their surfaces, even without starlight
Categories: Astronomy