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AI beats a thousand of the world's best human crossword solvers

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 4:20pm
A crossword-solving AI has beaten more than a thousand of the best human solvers at the prestigious American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
Categories: Astronomy

Robot that climbs through gut without losing grip could deliver drugs

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 3:00pm
A robot that uses its spiked feet to cling to the mucus-covered lining of the gut could one day climb through the human body to install monitoring devices or deliver therapies
Categories: Astronomy

NASA awards $2 million to advance rainbow-coloured solar sail project

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 1:52pm
As part of its Innovative Advanced Concepts programme, NASA has given a major award to a team working on solar sails that can move in any direction using ridges that diffract light like prisms do
Categories: Astronomy

Scientists made a new kind of molecule bigger than some bacteria

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 1:31pm
A super-sized atom plus a cold ion have been combined to make a completely new molecule that is 4 micrometres across and makes extremely long molecular bonds
Categories: Astronomy

Which US laws have been shown to cut gun violence and mass shootings?

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 1:08pm
In the aftermath of yet another school shooting, many people in the US are desperate for solutions to the country’s gun violence epidemic. Andrew Morral from the research initiative Gun Policy in America discusses the latest evidence on which interventions work
Categories: Astronomy

Gene-replacement therapy is helping children overcome fatal diseases

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 6:11am
Replacing faulty genes with healthy ones has enabled several children with rare genetic disorders to have typical life experiences, such as attending school and living with their families
Categories: Astronomy

Proteins in human bones near Pompeii survived temperatures of 500°C

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 6:00am
Many ancient Romans died when the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by hot volcanic ash, but the high temperatures didn’t destroy proteins in their skeletons
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Zapping scrap plastic from cars can turn it into recyclable graphene

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 12:10pm
The average US car now contains hundreds of kilograms of plastic that end up in landfill when the vehicle has outlived its use, but a new process could convert those waste plastics into graphene that can be used to create new car parts
Categories: Astronomy

An ancient Roman who died in Pompeii has had their genome sequenced

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 12:00pm
The ancient town of Pompeii was buried under hot volcanic ash in AD 79, but DNA still survives in the bones of the people who died in the disaster
Categories: Astronomy

Brain cancer immunotherapy in mice more effective with drug coating

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 9:34am
A nanoparticle coat helps an immunotherapy drug cross the blood-brain barrier in mice so it can target brain tumours more effectively
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3D-printed tourniquets could save lives in conflict zones

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 8:35am
Blockades and supply issues limit access to life-saving medical devices in war zones. Companies are creating open-source 3D-printed products to fill the gap
Categories: Astronomy

Will AI text-to-image generators put illustrators out of a job?

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 8:01am
Imagen, from Google, is the latest example of an AI seemingly able to produce high-quality images from a text prompt – but they aren't quite ready to replace human illustrators
Categories: Astronomy

Strange gamma ray flashes from lightning storms may have explanation

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 7:35am
Flashes of gamma radiation that seem to be produced by lightning storms have puzzled researchers for some time, but now there may be an explanation
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7 things to do to avoid dementia even if you have high genetic risk

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 5:00pm
A study of people in the US suggests those at high genetic risk of dementia are less likely to develop the condition if they improve their lives in seven ways
Categories: Astronomy

Bricks made of dust from the moon and Mars could make space buildings

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 4:31pm
Baking a mixture of saltwater and materials that mimic dust from the moon or Mars at a high temperature produced sturdy bricks that could be used to build human habitats in space
Categories: Astronomy

Firearm suicides are rising in the US despite declining globally

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 3:00pm
In the past three decades, suicides involving guns have steadily dropped around the world. While down overall in the US since 1990, they began to climb in 2006 – coinciding with increased access to firearms
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Plague never went away – now it could re-emerge in drug-resistant form

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 2:00pm
Plague may seem like an ancient disease, but the bacterium that causes it persists in rodents and fleas around the world. Researchers are warning that it could resurface in a form that our antibiotics can't treat and cause another pandemic
Categories: Astronomy

The Black Death: How many people really died of plague in Europe?

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 2:00pm
The history books say the infamous plague pandemic of the 14th century killed at least half of the population of Europe. But recent scientific investigations have called that figure into question
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Wed, 05/25/2022 - 2:00pm
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Polar bears caught feeding on a whale carcass in breathtaking photos

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 2:00pm
With an enormous sperm whale to feast on, Svalbard polar bears gain access to more than just the bear necessities
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