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Could relatives of measles virus jump from animals to us?

A group of viruses, of which measles is one, are adept at jumping to species barrier.
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EPA scientific panel says some rollbacks of key air, water rules at odds with science

A panel of scientific advisers, including several appointed by President Donald Trump, says some rollbacks of clean-air and vehicle rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency are based on weak scientific analysis and should be revised, according to draft reports published on Tuesday. The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB), which is tasked with providing independent input for agency policy, published four draft reports on the last day of the year analyzing the scientific underpinnings...
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Year in Aerospace: Looking back at Boeing’s troubles, looking ahead to commercial triumphs

2019 was a tough year for the aerospace industry — a year when a control system flaw caused the second catastrophic crash of a 737 MAX jet and sparked a worldwide grounding of Boeing's fastest-selling plane. Nine months after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed 157 people, the 737 MAX is still grounded. Boeing's CEO and the head of its commercial airplanes unit have been replaced, and the prospects for the MAX's return to flight are uncertain. It's not a good-news story. B...
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Guy Gets Severed Arm Preserved by Taxidermist: 'I Wanted to Do Something Cool'

Lots of people have two arms. Far fewer can say they have one on a shelf by their sink. A 37-year-old Canadian man recently joined this exclusive club, turning his amputated limb into a unique conversation piece thanks to a helpful taxidermist—and a hungry colony of beetles.Read more...
Tags: Science, Taxidermy, Decorations, Skeletons


Wanda Diaz Merced is a blind astronomer who hears the science of the stars

Wanda Diaz Merced is an astronomer at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Office for Astronomy Outreach in Mitaka, Japan. Diaz Merced is blind and uses a technique to transform data from astronomical surveys into sounds for analysis. Over at Nature, Elizabeth Gibney interviewed Merced about how "converting astronomical data into sound could bring discoveries that conventional techniques miss." From Nature: How did you begin your work with sonification? Sonification has been around ...
Tags: Post, Video, Astronomy, Science, News, US, Nasa, Accessibility, Sound, Merced, Blindness, University of Glasgow UK, Elizabeth Gibney, Wanda Díaz Merced, Mitaka Japan Diaz Merced, Karl Jansky


Microsoft Seizes 'Hotrnall.com' and Other Copycat Domains From North Korea-Linked Hackers

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it had taken control of 50 domains associated with a hackers believed to be operating out of North Korea. Unsealed court documents show that the domains include “hotrnall.com,” “office356-us.org,” and “mai1.info,” among other copycat URLs.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, North Korea, Spear Phishing, Hackers, Phishing


Anti-Robocall Bill That, in a Perfect World, Fines Spammers $10,000 Per Call Is Now Law

President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a bill that aims to curb annoying spam robocalls that have saturated our recent-call lists over the past few years. And it might help! At the very least, it will make us feel like someone is trying to do something about this relentless mess.Read more...
Tags: Science, Law, Donald Trump, Robocalls, Wishful Thinking, Robocall Hell


Our Top Posts of the Decade: A Dubious List for a Meaningless Timeline

As far as we can tell, the 2010s were nothing close to what most of us expected. Instead of flying cars, we got half-baked semi-autonomous vehicles. Instead of social media birthing kumbaya, it fueled genocide and helped erode the foundations of democracy and reality itself. Rather than tackle the impending doom of…Read more...
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The Dreadmoji

When asked to be interviewed for this blog, a team of emoji designers for a major emoji platform requested to see the text of the article before publication, for fear of violating their company’s contract. This isn’t rare; media representatives and other employees potentially facing reprisal do this all the time (and…Read more...
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In 2020, Here's How You Can Help Address the Climate Crisis

This is the time of year when we talk about nice things. Hopeful things.Read more...
Tags: Science, New Years Resolutions, Climate Crisis, Climate Activism, Action Over Hope


Fake frogs in school dissections eliminate gross-out-factor

Sometimes it happens in middle school, sometimes in high school. The frogs are slimy and greenish-grey, and they stink because they're pickled in formaldehyde. One Florida high school recently tried to eliminate the gross-out factor by using fake, yet highly realistic, frogs.
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The science of how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

Since Julius Caesar ruled that New Year began on January 1 in 46BC, and urged subjects to commit to personal improvement, resolutions have been synonymous with the turning of the year.
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Samsung Is Making the Best Phones

Last year after a somewhat lackluster product cycle, I said Samsung couldn’t afford to hold back anymore. And in 2019, it seems Samsung took that message to heart because it released some of the most exciting phone tech we’ve seen in the last 12 months. Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Year In Review, Consumer Tech, Galaxy S10, Foldables, Galaxy Fold, Smartphone Smackdown 2019


The Deep Space Decade: How a New Era of Exploration Came of Age in the 2010s

One of the most important discoveries of the 2010s will help us reshape our view of the cosmos
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The 100 Most Popular io9 Posts of 2019

Another year has come and gone and with it so, so, so many nerd blogs. Here are the ones you, dear io9 readers, clicked on the most. A big thank you and a Happy New Year to all of you.Read more...
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What Are The Best Hangover Cures? We Asked Alcohol Experts

Learn how to shift that headache – and why it's best not to reach for another drink – from those in the know.
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I Never Knew How Much I Needed a Star Wars TV Series Before The Mandalorian

In the last week and a half, two Star Wars sagas have come to a close. First The Rise of Skywalker wrapped up the sequel trilogy, followed this past Friday by season one finale of the first live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian. Only one of these stories managed to unite and delight the bulk of the…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Jon Favreau, Lucasfilm, Skywalker, Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, Baby Yoda


This Was the Decade Climate Scientists Stopped Being Polite

Scientific warnings about the risks of unchecked global warming have reached a crescendo in the past couple of years, with urgent messages from researchers on social media, in congressional testimony, and even directly in the text of research papers.Read more...
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The Absolute Worst Tech of 2019

Gadgets have to work a lot harder to suck in 2019 than they have in years past. They have to bankrupt companies, reveal our data, or be so overpriced they even make Apple look cheap. The gadget below did all that, but some went even further. Some were pointless Skymall dreck, and some nearly ruined much nicer and…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Samsung, Intel, Dyson, Sonos, Year In Review, Moviepass, Garmin, Ring, EmbeR, Worst Gadgets, Somnox


How to train your brain to release more happy chemicals

Do you ever wish you could just turn on the happy chemicals in your brain? Imagine how much easier it would make getting out of bed each morning, getting even the most tedious parts of your job done, and finding the energy to consistently show up as your best self for the people you care about the most. But is it really possible – never mind advisable – to try and train our brains for more happiness? “The quest for good feelings is nature’s survival engine,” explained Professor Loretta Breuning,...
Tags: Startups, Science, Syndication, Loretta Breuning, Inner Mammal Institute


Sleeping too long or not enough linked to pulmonary fibrosis: new study

New UK research suggests that people who regularly sleep too little or too much are more likely to have pulmonary fibrosis, compared to those who sleep the recommended seven hours a night. The study, by researchers at the University of Manchester, looked at 500,074 participants taking part in the long-term UK Biobank study, which includes genomic data on more than half a million UK residents. After finding that altering the internal body clock of mice could make the animals more likely to deve...
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Open Channel: The Best Tweets of the Decade That Still Haven't Been Deleted

Over a decade in, the value proposition of Twitter as a medium is murky, not easily defined—though one area it undoubtedly excels is allowing important people to show every embarrassing contour of their entire ass to the rest of the world. Albeit buried under months or years of less interesting posts, miraculously,…Read more...
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Objective subtle cognitive difficulties predict amyloid accumulation and neurodegeneration

Researchers report that accumulating amyloid protein occurred faster among persons deemed to have 'objectively-defined subtle cognitive difficulties' (Obj-SCD) than among persons considered to be 'cognitively normal,' offering a potential new early biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.
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Possible dementia vaccine closer after mice studies

A vaccine to ward off dementia may proceed to clinical trials after successful animal testing. The US-led research is looking to develop effective immunotherapy via a dual vaccine to remove 'brain plaque' and tau protein aggregates linked to Alzheimer's disease. It is showing success in begenic mice models, supports progression to human trials in years to come.
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Betrayed by bile: bile acids help norovirus sneak into cells

Human noroviruses, the leading viral cause of foodborne illness and acute diarrhea around the world, infect cells of the small intestine by piggybacking on a normal cellular process called endocytosis that cells use to acquire materials from their environment.
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NASA finds a weaker Sarai now a depression

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with an image of Tropical Cyclone Sarai and it showed a much weaker storm near Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean.
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NASA finds Tropical Storm Calvinia moving away from Mauritius

Visible imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite on Dec. 31, 2019 revealed that Tropical Cyclone Calvinia had moved south of the island of Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean.
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Topological semimetals can generate sizable transverse thermoelectric figure of merit

Thermoelectric materials can convert temperature difference in a conducting solid into electrical energy, or vice versa. However, the conventional thermoelectric effect, i.e., the longitudinal Seebeck effect, meets some severe limitations in promoting its conversion efficiency. Now, scientists in Chinese Academy of Sciences have found large transverse thermoelectric effect in a topological semimetal. This may open an alternative way to harvest thermoelectric energy.
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A new breakthrough in developing effective antimalarial drugs

Parasites in the genus Plasmodium, which cause malaria, are transmitted to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes. The parasites manage to acclimatize to these two completely different hosts because the plasticity of their genome enables them to adapt as necessary. Scientists decided to investigate the epigenetic mechanisms behind this plasticity, in particular DNA methylation. They identified molecules capable of inhibiting DNA methylation and effectively killing even the most resistant ...
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From crab studies, a broader approach to identifying brain cells

In a new study, a team born in part at the Neural Systems & Behavior course in Woods Hole tests the notion that a cell's identity can be described solely by the genes it expresses. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, advocates a more 'multimodal' approach to defining cell identity.
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