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A recently released United Nations report chronicles an alarming picture of the “unprecedented” and “accelerating” decline in global biodiversity. The highly publicized report found more than one million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, many within the coming decades. Key takeaways from the Report include the fluctuating biodiversity within tropical forests,
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A new breeding ground for endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) has been found in the Galápagos Islands, according to the Ecuadorian government. The area was discovered in the coastal area of ​​Santa Cruz Island during a recent Galápagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) monitoring excursion. According to Eduardo Espinoza, the park ranger who led the
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In 1993, Ruth Riechl, the new restaurant critic for the New York Times, penned a memorable review of Sirio Maccioni’s elegant Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque (which closed, at least temporarily, in January 2018). Riechl described two distinct experiences she had at the establishment, first as an anonymous diner, then as a recognized Times food critic;
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The US space agency NASA has selected 11 companies including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX to develop prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration programme. NASA aims to put the first woman on the Moon’s south pole by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028. “To accelerate our return to the
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After breathlessly ascending the peak of inflated expectations, and careening down through the trough of despair, digital health seems poised to re-emerge, battered but not beaten, in the form of digital medicine: digital health plus evidence plus humility. Andy Coravos, CEO of Elektra Labs and co-organizer of the 2019 Harvard Digital Medicine Symposium. (Photo credit:
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. has agreed to buy U.S. supercomputer maker Cray Inc. in a deal valued at about $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 9,848 crores) as the firm works to become more competitive in high-end computing. Cray investors will get $35 (roughly Rs. 2,462) a share in cash, the companies said in a statement on Friday, confirming an
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A lot of electronic dance music has a very characteristic feature: The music gradually builds, and then suddenly changes to a different rhythm, pitch or instrumentation. It feels like the tension of riding up a rollercoaster, just before you go down. Fittingly, this music phenomenon is called the “drop”. The buildup to the drop in
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(Reuters) – A three-year-old filly collapsed and died after racing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Friday, a day before the Preakness Stakes. FILE PHOTO: May 14, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; A general view of the straight away in front of the seating coming out of turn four at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit:
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A team of scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has measured for the first time accuracy of two-qubit operations in silicon - a feat that would enable companies build a full-scale quantum processor. Computers today process information in binary bits that take either a 0 or 1 value while quantum computers
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images.wellcome.ac.uk, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8776638″ align=”” width=”940″] The coxpox-infected pus came from the hand of a milkmaid named either Lucy or Sarah Nelmes. Friday marks the 270th birthday of Edward Jenner, the doctor who developed the world’s first vaccine. Born on May 17, 1749, Edward Jenner grew up in Berkeley, in southwest England, and after medical
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Photo Credit: NASA/ GSFC/ Arizona State University NASA’s Moon-orbiting spacecraft has spotted the impact site of the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft on a region of the Moon called “Sea of Serenity” where it crash-landed on April 11. SpaceIL, a non-profit organisation, attempted to land its spacecraft on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the
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BEIJING (Reuters) – British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on Thursday to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co Ltd, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world’s biggest pork market. FILE PHOTO: Pigs are seen in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China January 17, 2019. Picture taken January
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MU69’s flattened shape surprised astronomers. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute The first science results from the pioneering New Horizons mission to visit an object in the outer Solar System have been released, providing new insights into this fascinating object at the far reaches of the Sun. On January 1, 2019, NASA’s New
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Ginkgo Bioworks founding team: Tom Knight, Reshma Shetty, Jason Kelly, Austin Che and Barry Canton Ginkgo Bioworks Ginkgo Bioworks said today that it had acquired the genome mining platform of Warp Drive Bio, a subsidiary of Revolution Medicines, that will help it push ahead in the search for new antibiotics and other pharmaceutical applications. With
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Photo Credit: Laurent Emmanuel/ AFP The Moon is steadily shrinking, causing wrinkling on its surface and quakes, according to an analysis of imagery captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) published Monday. A survey of more than 12,000 images revealed that lunar basin Mare Frigoris near the Moon’s north pole - one of many vast basins
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LightSail 2 is a private solar sail project of the Planetary Society. The Planetary Society Can sunlight be used for propulsion? The Planetary Society’s long-held wish to raise a satellite’s orbit around the Earth using sunlight could come true this summer with the confirmation that its LightSail 2 spacecraft will launch atop a SpaceX rocket on
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On a recent evening, Elizabeth Ewens was in the middle of an intense run workout. Her coach told her to kick it up, so she did and received encouragement from a fellow runner. She finished the workout feeling good. While Ewens’ evening workout sounds like what running groups around the world do several nights a
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While cities are often seen as centers of innovation, a growing number of islands are quietly leading the way in smart technology. Islands worldwide are positioning themselves as incubators as they work towards becoming self-sufficient & reducing carbon footprints, leading to the adoption of new smart technology . Their growth has the potential to provide replicable models for
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Researchers may have just found the devil’s maternity ward… devil rays, that is. While taking a marine conservation field course in the Gulf of California as an undergraduate at Duke back in April 2014, Leo Chan Gaskins saw gillnets full of dead giant devil rays being hauled out of the ocean. Based out of a
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China should get rid of the 996–a work schedule of 12 hours a day from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week (72 hours in total) — and replace it with a new work system where people work smarter, not harder. There was a time China was a poor country. Its people had
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The quantum fluctuations that occur during inflation get stretched across the Universe, and when inflation ends, they become density fluctuations. This leads, over time, to the large-scale structure in the Universe today, as well as the fluctuations in temperature observed in the CMB. These new predictions are essential for demonstrating the validity of a fine-tuning
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The battle against antimicrobial resistance has reached an inflection point. As a nation, we have implemented groundbreaking legislation, invigorated research initiatives, demonstrated strong leadership in innovative regulatory frameworks, and fostered improvements in clinical practice. Yet, despite these best efforts, challenges sustaining a robust enterprise to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance remain. For years,
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