Science

Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus
nytimes.com/2021/04/08/health/coron… 
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Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic.

FDA approves first test of CRISPR to correct genetic defect causing sickle cell disease
news.berkeley.edu/2021/03/30/fda-ap… 
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UC scientists and physicians hope to permanently cure patients of sickle cell disease by using CRISPR-Cas9 to replace a defective gene with the normal version

What are Safe Radiation Levels of EMF?
shieldyourbody.com/safe-radiation-l… 
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To start, it’s important to understand that ALL life on earth evolved over millions of years with a certain level of natural EMF radiation. An incredibly low level, actually.

Scientists Create Simple Synthetic Cell That Grows and Divides Normally
nist.gov/news-events/news/2021/03/s… 
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Five years ago, scientists created a single-celled synthetic organism that, with only 473 genes, was the simplest living cell ever known.

Someone Built An Engine Crane Out Of Wood. Let's Do Math To See If It's Safe
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Owning a car can be hard, but it’s the people who brave the struggle who do the most for car culture. Among those people is this hero in Seattle who built an engine crane out of two-by-six planks. It’s incredible. But, let’s look into how safe it is.

Scientists Grow Mouse Embryos in a Mechanical Womb
nytimes.com/2021/03/17/health/mice-… 
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Biologists have long held that a fetus needs a living uterus to develop. Maybe not anymore.

Ultra-weak gravitational field detected
nature.com/articles/d41586-021-0059… 
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Newton’s law of gravity holds for masses less than 100 milligrams.

Breaking the warp barrier for faster-than-light travel
uni-goettingen.de/en/3240.html?id=6… 

If travel to distant stars within an individual’s lifetime is going to be possible, a means of faster-than-light propulsion will have to be found. To date, even recent research about superluminal (faster-than-light) transport based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity would require vast amounts of hypothetical particles and states of matter that have “exotic” physical properties such as negative energy density.

Multimodal Neurons in Artificial Neural Networks
distill.pub/2021/multimodal-neurons/ 
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We report the existence of multimodal neurons in artificial neural networks, similar to those found in the human brain.

Scientists break through the wall of sleep to the untapped world of dreams
beta.nsf.gov/science-matters/scient… 
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NSF-supported researchers achieve two-way communication with lucidly dreaming people, creating a new method for studying the human mind that might lead to innovative ways of learning and problem-solving.

Virus built from scratch in two weeks
nature.com/news/2003/031110/full/ne… 

Scientists have built a virus from scratch in only two weeks. Their new technique paves the way for synthetic viruses and bacteria, but stirs concerns over biological weapons and the environment.

China’s Tianwen-1 enters Mars orbit
sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/china-s… 
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Orbiting spacecraft will scout the surface before a rover landing attempt in several months

The sprint to solve coronavirus protein structures — and disarm them with drugs
nature.com/articles/d41586-020-0144… 

Stopping the pandemic could rely on breakneck efforts to visualize SARS-CoV-2 proteins and use them to design drugs and vaccines.

Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass
cbc.ca/radio/quirks/scientists-deve… 
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A simple backyard procedure results in see-through wood with enormous potential as a building material.

The secret forces that squeeze and pull life into shape
nature.com/articles/d41586-021-0001… 

Scientists are getting to grips with the role of mechanical forces in the body, from embryo to adult.

A Breakthrough in Measuring the Building Blocks of Nature
nautil.us/blog/a-breakthrough-in-me… 
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In a recent experiment done at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, in Germany, physicist Alexey Grinin and his colleagues came a step closer to resolving one of the more significant puzzles to have arisen in particle physics over the past decade.

How the placenta evolved from an ancient virus
whyy.org/segments/the-placenta-went… 
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When evolutionary biologists studied the protein involved in fusing placenta cells, it didn’t look like it came from human DNA. It looked like a virus.

Living in space can get lonely. What helps? Talking to random people over ham radio
latimes.com/business/story/2020-12-… 
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From their living rooms and pickup trucks, amateur radio operators reach out to the International Space Station, circling 240 miles above Earth.

Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating
theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/20… 
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Seasonal damage in bone fossils in Spain suggest Neanderthals and their predecessors followed the same strategy as cave bears