Ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) drawn by Justine Hirten.Credit: Justine Lee Hirten Whether in papers, posters or public display, science often benefits from good illustration and graphic design. A grasp of visual communication and a talent for showing information are important skills, but most scientists never receive any formal training in them. Nature sought advice from
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By: Hannah Pell On September 20th, 2019 — one year ago today as I write this — the infamous Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power plant was permanently shut down. TMI Unit-2 has been shuttered since the partial meltdown in 1979, an event described as the “most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant
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WASHINGTON — Several NASA astrophysics missions in various stages of development are likely facing delays because of the coronavirus pandemic, an agency official said. At a Sept. 21 meeting of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee, Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s astrophysics division, said the agency anticipated a number of missions, big and small, will
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1. Kim, S. et al. Maternal gut bacteria promote neurodevelopmental abnormalities in mouse offspring. Nature 549, 528–532 (2017). ADS  PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  CAS  Google Scholar  2. Buffington, S. A. et al. Microbial reconstitution reverses maternal diet-induced social and synaptic deficits in offspring. Cell 165, 1762–1775 (2016). CAS  PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar  3.
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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine urged Senate appropriators to provide full funding of Artemis as some members questioned the agency’s emphasis on its lunar exploration program. Bridenstine, testifying before the commerce, justice and science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee Sept. 23, said that NASA needed the full $3.2 billion it requested in its
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We have decided to craft this brief manifesto to challenge the status quo, accelerate innovation, solve wicked water problems and achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” The pandemic has strengthened our resolve to do better. Our observations and point of view for
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Echelon Prime bike Echelon Amazon is distancing itself from the $500 “EX-Prime” bike launched by exercise equipment maker Echelon Fitness, after the product was incorrectly marketed as a collaboration between the two companies. Echelon on Tuesday announced the so-called “Prime bike,” calling it “Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product” that was “developed in collaboration with Amazon.”
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Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Monday improvements to be unveiled at the electric-car maker’s “Battery Day” event would not reach “serious high-volume production” until 2022, knocking its shares lower. Many analysts and industry officials expected Musk to unveil battery improvements at the widely-anticipated event, extending the automaker’s lead over General Motors, Volkswagen
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What qualifies as a penis in many members of the animal kingdom? In this article, the various kinds of “penises” and their functions in and out of mating are discussed. What Makes a Penis? For vertebrates, including humans, a penis is relatively easy to pinpoint. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many invertebrates.  We may define a
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VALLETTA, Malta — The European Space Agency signed a 300-million-euro ($352 million) contract with Airbus Defence and Space on Sept. 21 to develop an ice-monitoring satellite for European Union’s Earth-observing Copernicus program.  The Copernicus Polar Ice and Snow Topography Altimeter mission, or CRISTAL, is one of two Earth-observing missions Airbus was awarded this summer as
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Demonstrators march at Indiana University Bloomington to protest against police violence during the Black Lives Matter protests.Source: Rodney Margison/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock Sparked by the global reaction to the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May, universities, departments and faculty members rapidly issued statements and policies highlighting their commitment to
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WASHINGTON — The International Space Station maneuvered to avoid a potential collision with a piece of space debris Sept. 22, an incident the head of NASA used to advocate for more funding for the agency directed to handle space traffic management. NASA announced on the afternoon of Sept. 22 that it was working with U.S.
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If you needed any more evidence that America’s vehicle fleets are driving toward zero-emission status, it’s this: Walmart just announced that it will electrify and zero out emissions from all Walmart vehicles, including long haul trucks, by 2040.  That includes more than 10,000 vehicles, including 6,500 semi-trucks and 4,000 passenger vehicles. Up until this point, Walmart
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A rare tropical species of Heteroptera equipped with long antennae was discovered by an international research team, including St Petersburg University scientists. New Southeast Asian Species The team discovered the bug, which was classified into a new genus. It came from Southeast Asia’s Borneo island and was named Tatupa grafei, classifying it in the Miridae family of plant
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Autumn on the Arctic tundra, which is becoming a deeper shade of green in some places as temperatures climb. Credit: Getty Climate change 22 September 2020 Climate change drives vegetation gains in patches of the high Arctic tundra. Parts of the treeless Arctic tundra have become greener as rising temperatures stimulate plant growth. Low-resolution satellite
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WASHINGTON — Commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin is considering development of commercial space stations, with NASA as a potential early customer. Blue Origin posted a job opening Sept. 18 for am “Orbital Habitat Formulation Lead” at its headquarters in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington. That individual will be charged with leading the company’s development
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An international team of scientists said Monday it had joined forces to combat the spread of anti-Semitism online with the help of artificial intelligence. The project Decoding Anti-Semitism includes discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians who will develop a “highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online anti-Semitism,” the Alfred Landecker Foundation, which supports the project,
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Smooth transition: a machine learning study of metallic hydrogen could shed light on the interiors of gas giants like Jupiter. (Courtesy: NASA/ESA/A Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)/MH Wong (University of California, Berkeley)) Deep within the interiors of gas-giant planets like Jupiter, materials can be subjected to millions of atmospheres of pressure. In the most extreme
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A high number of fish deaths occurred in Israel that scientists think may be caused by a combination of bacterial infection and stress from a rapid temperature rise in marine waters. Marine ecosystems have been profoundly affected by the continuously increasing temperatures of the oceans. A new study published in the journal PNAS has found evidence that the rate of warming onset instead of peak warming may
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In some regions, warm winds pushed the edge of the Arctic sea ice further north than ever before this year.Credit: AP/Shutterstock This year, Arctic sea ice shrank to its second-lowest extent in more than 40 years of satellite measurements. On 15 September, ice covered just 3.74 million square kilometres of Arctic waters at its annual
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I hope you’ve downloaded our latest free report, “Engaging Middle America in Recycling Solutions.”. We conducted that research because we were curious about whether Americans were aware of what was happening with our recycling system — that most Asian countries no longer will take our plastics off our hands, many municipal curbside programs are shutting
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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stands on the construction site of the Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin, September 3, 2020. Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | Getty Images Tesla shares sank 4% in premarket trading Tuesday, after CEO Elon Musk sought to manage expectations ahead of the electric carmaker’s “battery day” presentation. Musk’s firm
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Net Zero Dieter Helm William Collins (2020) Climate-change economist Dieter Helm was frustrated by a widely repeated claim from the UK Committee on Climate Change: “By reducing emissions produced in the UK to zero, we also end our contribution to rising global temperatures.” Not so, he objects: consumers also import goods and services from countries
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SAN FRANCISCO – Radar satellite operator Iceye raised $87 million in a Series C round announced Sept. 22, boosting the Finnish startup’s total investment tally to $152 million. “We’re grateful to have closed a great round,” Mark Matossian, Iceye US CEO, told SpaceNews. “Now, we can stand on the accelerator.” With the Series C round
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Scientists have found that E. coli can improve Photosynthesis, engineering a key Rubisco enzyme from plants, and putting it inside Escherichia coli bacteria to make an optimum environment for quickening the photosynthetic process. This is considered a big step in improving the yields of crops. Researchers from Cornell University engineered a plant enzyme needed for Photosynthesis. They described the procedure in their
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Marcia McNutt, president of the US National Academy of Sciences, says that the NAS hasn’t received any sexual harassment complaints against its members since instituting a reporting system last year.Credit: Karen Sayre/Eikon Photography (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Last year, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) voted overwhelmingly to amend its by-laws so that it could
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The contract is to upgrade and expand the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System that track objects in geostationary orbits. WASHINGTON — L3Harris Technologies received a $119.1 million contract to upgrade and expand the network of U.S. military telescopes known as the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System that track objects in geostationary orbits. The
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Long before corporations acknowledged Black Lives Matter, they championed the plights of specific endangered species. Corporate conservation campaigns used phrases such as “Save the [insert your favorite animal],” which have been catchy, effective and oddly similar to the language we’re now using to educate people about the status of Black life in America. The Disney
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Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter closely orbiting the smouldering remains of a dead star, the first time that an intact exoplanet has been discovered travelling around a white dwarf, according to research published Wednesday. Researchers said the fate of this giant planet, called WD 1586 b, offers a potential vision of
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City University of Hong Kong wants to scale and diversify its PhD physics programme by recruiting a new generation of rising stars from all over the world Global outlook: Xun-Li Wang (foreground), head of CityU’s Department of Physics, pictured with three of his PhD students at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) in
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A new satellite has been launched to monitor greenhouse gas methane emissions, which is involved in anthropogenic climate change. It has been tested and shows promise in helping to fight global warming. (Photo: Pixabay)A new satellite has been launched to monitor emissions of the greenhouse gas methane, which is involved in anthropogenic climate change. It
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