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Shortly after the World Health Organization visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology on 3 February, a reporter from an international newspaper asked me whether China’s censorship would present an ‘insurmountable’ barrier to reaching an impartial conclusion on COVID-19’s origins. At the same time, my phone displayed headlines from a nationalist Chinese newspaper proclaiming that the
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Choosing a dog can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. After all, you’re taking on the burden of caring for a living, breathing being who will depend on you for the remainder of his life! When it comes to having a new puppy, you have a lot of questions: “What kind of dog do I get?”
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To the untrained eye, a circuit built with IBM’s online Quantum Experience tool looks like something out of an introductory computer-science course. Logic gates, the building blocks of computation, are arrayed on a digital canvas, transforming inputs into outputs. But this is a quantum circuit, and the gates modify not the usual binary 1 or
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Police clash with protesters in Chicago after the death of George Floyd.Credit: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto/Getty Days after police killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last May, physicist Philip Phillips was in his garden in Champaign, Illinois, incensed and racking his brain over how his scientific community could respond. Scientific institutions had not done enough to
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DARPA was part of a collaboration that developed the autonomous ship Sea Hunter, seen here on an unmanned voyage from California to Hawaii.Credit: APFootage/Alamy The UK government has released more information about its plans to launch an independent research agency that will focus on funding high-risk, high-reward science. Researchers and science-policy experts have welcomed the
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Wildlife project research, particularly those centered on measuring the excess and densities of huge mammals, are resource and time-extensive. Huge carnivores like leopards have some ranges that last several square kilometers. To execute good research to deduce their numbers, the number in a particular region must be recorded without losing track or making a lot
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A gel (white) that becomes stronger when vibrated regains its shape (far right) after being squashed. Credit: Z. Wang et al./Nature Mater. Materials science 26 February 2021 Inside a composite structure, mechanical energy is transformed into an electron flow that powers a chemical reaction. Many materials collapse when shaken or squished, but scientists have engineered
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The discovery of a ‘space hurricane’ high above Earth might mean that more such storms whirl away at other planetary bodies. Credit: Qing-He Zhang Space physics 26 February 2021 Earth’s upper atmosphere cooks up a storm. Satellite observations have revealed an unprecedented ‘space hurricane’ in Earth’s upper atmosphere, hinting that such events could occur on
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West Nile virus (artificially coloured) can invade the central nervous system more easily in the presence of parasitic worms. Credit: Science VU, Visuals Unlimited/Science Photo Library Immunology 26 February 2021 With its effect on the gut lining, a parasite aids another infectious agent. Parasitic worms residing in the gut can make viral infections more deadly.
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[embedded content] You’ve probably heard of quantum computers – but what about the quantum internet? Entangling qubits across large distances to form a quantum internet could be one of the most exciting developments in quantum technology, and now a group of researchers claim to have taken one of the first steps to make this possible
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Chinese health workers test frozen food and packaging for traces of SARS-CoV-2.Credit: Sipa Asia/Shutterstock Momentum is growing for the suggestion that the coronavirus can spread from infected frozen wildlife. A World Health Organization (WHO) fact-finding mission in China did not rule out the idea that this mode of transmission contributed to early outbreaks of COVID-19
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According to the team led by researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Paris Sciences and Letters University, the open water proved crucial in computer simulations, estimations that deemed Alaska’s previous weather data and predictions of future sea-ice cover and temperature conditions. (Photo : Frank Cone) The increase in Air Tempreture Colorado National Center
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Robin Aguilar is a PhD candidate in genomic sciences.Credit: Riley Miller As my intro slide transitioned into view before the audience, I felt distant. My footsteps creaked as I walked to the podium to introduce myself at my department’s annual ‘get to know you’ and networking retreat. “Hey, some of you might remember me as
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This webcast, from Nature’s webinar programme, is now available to view on demand. Over two sessions, Sarah Blackford, an academic careers adviser at BioScience Careers, runs through some top techniques for developing a CV and targeting specific job applications, before assessing and giving feedback on some example CVs. “You have to use these keywords that
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A fall in carbon dioxide levels might have enabled sauropodomorphs, initial relatives of the biggest animal to ever walk this world, thousands of kilometers migrate north about 214 million years ago over once-forbidding deserts. (Photo : Innermost Limits) The Mysterious Dinosaurs Migration The National Academy of Sciences disclosed that researchers indicated the period of the
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1. Nielsen, M. A. & Chuang, I. L. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 2nd edn (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010). 2. Gottesman, D. & Chuang, I. L. Demonstrating the viability of universal quantum computation using teleportation and single-qubit operations. Nature 402, 390–393 (1999). ADS  CAS  Google Scholar  3. Duan, L.-M., Lukin, M. D., Cirac, J. I.
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The hypothetical ninth planet (illustration).Credit: Shutterstock No sign of Planet Nine? For some years, scientists have debated the existence of an unseen planet at least five times the mass of Earth in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Now, the hypothesis has been dealt a blow by a new analysis of distant, icy objects.
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Research printed in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has found out that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico has long-term impacts on the immune function of bottlenose dolphins. As part of health assessment programs, bottlenose dolphins from a place that received lengthened and heavy oiling were temporarily captured, tested, and freed.
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Cuba has hosted relatively small numbers of tourist groups given its size, which might have helped to keep invasive plants at bay. Credit: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket/Getty Ecology 18 February 2021 Cuba’s relatively closed economy could explain why it has fewer invasive plant species per unit area than other Caribbean islands. For more than 60 years,
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Some areas will get wetter as change in climate takes hold across the Americas while others will get drier and hotter. Recent research of the yellow warbler, a broad migrating songbird, indicates that individuals carry the exact climatic preferences across their migratory capacity.  University of California’s assistant professor Rachael Bay in the Department of Evolution
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Credit: Adapted from Getty Sometimes, all that’s left to do is to laugh. Stories from the First World War are riddled with gallows humour. In one apocryphal tale from the trenches, a bagpiper starts to pipe to raise morale. Fearing that the skirling sound of the pipes signals an imminent attack, the enemy shoot from
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The dispersion of vegetation is regularly used to categorize climate areas globally, still whether these areas are suitable for other organisms is unknown. Umeå experimenters have verified climate area based on the distribution of vertebrate species in recent research released by eLife.  They discovered that while elevated energy climate regions are alike across the plant
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Vaccines that can block viral transmission will help control the pandemic.Credit: Andrea Fasani/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock As countries roll out vaccines that prevent COVID-19, studies are under way to determine whether shots can also stop people from getting infected and passing on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccines that prevent transmission could help to bring the pandemic under control if
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 An organization in Los Angeles with animal experimentation is suing the University of Southern California (USC) over alleged abuse of animals in the university’s research. USC is being charged with animal brutality after unofficial staff members allegedly chopped off the ears of multiple mice in acts that were not related to scientific experiments, excessive dose of
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Electrons (red; illustration) need only 13–34 femtoseconds to excite and redistribute their energy when hit with laser light. Credit: Shutterstock Atomic and molecular physics 19 February 2021 Physicists fire lasers at electrons to understand how the particles gain and shed energy. Physicists have observed with record precision how electrons, when excited by light, gain and
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Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker and Nicky Phillips discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download MP3 What’s the endgame for the COVID-19 pandemic? Is a world without SARS-CoV-2 possible, or is the virus here to stay? A recent Nature survey suggests that the majority of experts expect the virus
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