Science

Neuroscientists Have Discovered a Phenomenon That They Can’t Explain
theatlantic.com/science/archive/202… 
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“Scientists are meant to know what’s going on, but in this particular case, we are deeply confused.”

Sequencing a human genome at home
blog.booleanbiotech.com/human-genom… 

In this post I'll describe how to sequence a human genome at home, something that's only recently become possible. The protocol described here is not necessarily the best way to do this, but it's what has worked best for me. It costs a few thousand dollars in equipment to get started, but the (low-coverage) sequencing itself requires only $150, a couple of hours of work, and almost no lab skills.

Light-shrinking material lets ordinary microscope see in super resolution
phys.org/news/2021-06-light-shrinki… 
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Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a technology that improves the resolution of an ordinary light microscope so that it can be used to directly observe finer structures and details in living cells.

Peregrine Mission 1
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The Peregrine Lunar Lander, carrying scientific and other payloads to the Moon, is scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface in mid- to late 2021.

Trials begin on lozenge that rebuilds tooth enamel - UW School of Dentistry
dental.washington.edu/trials-begin-… 
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A new breath mint that rebuilds your tooth enamel while it whitens your teeth has been created by UW Researchers.

HIV mRNA Vaccines-Progress and Future Paths
pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33562203/ 
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The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic introduced the world to a new type of vaccine based on mRNA encapsulated in lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). Instead of delivering antigenic proteins directly, an mRNA-based vaccine relies on the host's cells to manufacture protein immunogens which, in turn, are targets for antibo …

Optogenetics used for the first time to help a blind patient see again
statnews.com/2021/05/24/scientists-… 
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The genetically modified neurons became stand-ins for the photoreceptors he had lost many years before to retinitis pigmentosa.

59 new hadrons and counting
home.cern/news/news/physics/59-new-… 
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How many new particles has the LHC discovered? The most widely known discovery is of course that of the Higgs boson. Less well known is the fact that, over the past 10 years, the LHC experiments have also found more than 50 new particles called hadrons. Coincidentally, the number 50 appears in the context of hadrons twice, as 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of hadron colliders: on 27 January 1971, two beams of protons collided for the first time in CERN’s Intersecting Storage Rings accelerator,…

Confronting Disinformation Spreaders on Twitter Only Makes It Worse, MIT Scientists Say
vice.com/en/article/93ybay/confront… 
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Twitter is a hellscape and it only gets worse when you point out some is sharing bad information.

Moon Phase & Astronomy Calendar
cantonbecker.com/astronomy-calendar/ 
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ICS subscription for iPhone, iCal (Mac OS X), Google Calendar, etc.

Pfizer is testing a pill that, if successful, could become first-ever home cure for COVID-19
montrealgazette.com/news/world/pfiz… 
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Classed as a 'protease inhibitor', it has been formulated to attack the "spine" of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stop it replicating in our nose, throats and lungs

Groundbreaking effort launched to decode whale language
nationalgeographic.com/animals/arti… 
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With artificial intelligence and painstaking study of sperm whales, scientists hope to understand what these aliens of the deep are talking about.

What Is Killing Albatross Chicks in the Falkland Islands?
atlasobscura.com/articles/mysteriou… 
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The population is healthy overall, but a mysterious contagion has researchers looking for answers.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter lifts off on Mars
sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/nasa-s-… 
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Four flights remain for rotorcraft after demonstrating first powered flight on another planet

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.