Researchers are questioning why Donald Trump chose to remove COVID-19 data management from the CDC and transfer it to the federal government.Credit: Tom Brenner/Reuters As deaths from COVID-19 approach 150,000 in the United States and cases continue to rise alarmingly in many regions of the country, there are strong signs that the government is suppressing
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on October 02, 2019. Elif Ozturk | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will finally come face to face with lawmakers looking to question his company’s growing influence at Wednesday’s antitrust hearing.  The hearing before the House Antitrust Subcommittee, which will be held over videoconference because of the coronavirus
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A group of experts ranging from biologists, medical scientists, environmental scientists, and conservationists offered several recommendations to avert another pandemic. Since many of these pandemics originate from wild animals such as bats, the team suggests that billions of dollars should be spent to focus on the reduction of deforestation, restricting wildlife trade, and supporting communities
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here The system can recognize individual birds within wild populations of great tits.André Ferreira Researchers have trained an artificial-intelligence (AI) system to recognize individual small birds that appear identical. The tool could make ecological fieldwork easier, because
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The sustainability ambitions of the world’s largest cloud software companies — Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce — have been well-documented. The broad semiconductor industry’s position to date, however, has been less transparent and less ambitious, with the highly visible exceptions of AMD, IBM and Intel.  That stance is shifting, as the sector contemplates the explosive
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U.S. President Donald Trump wears a protective face mask during a tour of the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ Innovation Center, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant where components for a potential coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate are being developed, in Morrrisville, North Carolina, U.S., July 27, 2020. Carlos Barria | Reuters A controversial video containing misleading information on the
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Taken from the July 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Medical physicist and entrepreneur Maryellen Giger talks to Margaret Harris about how she established the use of AI in breast cancer imaging Picture of health Maryellen Giger’s career has focused
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By: Hannah Pell “The American Physical Society (APS) has a vision of the future of physics publishing, in 2020 or so.” So begins a 1993 Science article titled “Publication by Electronic Mail Takes Physics by Storm.” Burton Richter, then-president of APS and former head of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), elaborated: “Any physicist, any
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars 2020 mission has passed its final review ahead of a July 30 launch that will kick off an ambitious effort to return samples of the red planet to Earth. NASA announced July 27 that Mars 2020 completed its launch readiness review, confirming that the spacecraft and its Atlas 5 launch vehicle
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An offshore drilling platform stands in shallow waters at the Manifa offshore oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Manifa, Saudi Arabia. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Oil prices were steady on Tuesday, erasing gains earlier in the session, as rising coronavirus cases dampened the outlook for demand and countered optimism over more U.S.
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Scientists have spotted resonant waves travelling around the globe.NASA’s Earth Observatory Scientists have confirmed a 200-year-old hypothesis that Earth’s entire atmosphere vibrates like a giant bell. Using data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
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In the four years since Nancy Mahon assumed responsibility for CSR and sustainability strategy at The Estée Lauder Companies — she’s currently senior vice president of corporate citizenship and sustainability — her team has launched a series of new initiatives that are a “first” among her organization’s sector. The list includes the company’s first virtual
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x+y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender Eugenia Cheng Profile (2020) Much has been written about the female premiers of Germany, Finland, New Zealand and Taiwan, and their remarkable success at dealing with COVID-19. But, as many pundits have noted, to focus on their gender is to miss much more important issues: the personal characteristics
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US officials and scientists have begun laying the groundwork for a more secure “virtually unhackable” internet based on quantum computing technology. At a presentation Thursday, Department of Energy (DOE) officials issued a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum Internet, using laws of quantum mechanics to transmit information
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As of April 30, over 1 million people have officially recovered from COVID-19. Unofficially, that number is probably much higher. But the road to recovery isn’t always a smooth one. The timeline differs from person to person, but generally, the sicker they are, the longer it takes to get better. Here’s what recovering from COVID-19
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Growth of ZrTe5 nanostructures. (Courtesy: Chin. Phys. B) A supportive “mattress” of material has made it possible to grow nanoribbons of a previously hard-to-synthesize topological insulator. The technique, which is based on conventional chemical vapour transport, produces crystalline nanostructures of zirconium pentatelluride (ZrTe5) with a high carrier mobility, and could be used to produce ultrathin
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As an experimental physicist, I like doing things at tabletop scale that contribute to bigger goals. One such goal is measuring gravitational waves — little ripples in the curvature of space-time. These ripples result from astrophysical events such as star collisions, which cause tiny changes in the direction of the force of gravity and stretch
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Longtime GreenBiz friend Bruce Klafter died July 18 after a short and intense bout of pancreatic cancer. Bruce most recently was a vice president of sustainability strategy and outreach at Flex in Silicon Valley. GreenBiz co-founder and President Pete May reflects on his interaction with Bruce over the years. And below, we provide memories of Bruce
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Tune in to How Its Made Fridays @ 9pm | For more, visit http://science.discovery.com/tv/how-its-made | Since the 19th century, pipes have been made from briar wood – a fire-resistant wood from the root of a Mediterranean heather shrub.
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Signage for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is displayed at the company’s headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Ashley Pon | Bloomberg via Getty Images Taiwan listed-shares of TSMC rallied on Monday after U.S. chipmaker Intel said it faces delays for its next-generation chips and could outsource some of the production. TSMC closed
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Who is responsible for emissions? Where did they originate? How can we be sure? A global coalition fronted by former Vice President Al Gore promises granular insights and data into those sources — down to individual power plants, ships or factories. Climate TRACE (short for Tracking Real-time Atmospheric Carbon Emissions) intends to use a massive worldwide network
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Oesophageal radiotherapy calls for a fine balancing act between dose to the heart and dose to the lungs. (Courtesy: iStock/leonello) As treatments for oesophageal cancer improve, patients are living longer, especially those with early-stage localized disease. But longer survival puts oesophageal cancer patients at greater risk of developing serious radiation-induced late toxicities of the heart
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Old-fashioned phone calls are better than e-mails for getting to know new colleagues during lockdown.Credit: Getty In February, six weeks before Britain’s coronavirus lockdown began, I started a new job as the deputy head of the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University, UK, having moved from the University of Southampton, UK, after
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Reconstruction of a Neanderthal.Credit: S. Entressangle/E. Daynes/SPL Neanderthals had a biological predisposition to a heightened sense of pain. A first-of-its kind genome study found that the ancient human relatives carried three mutations in a gene encoding
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