Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Escherichia coli bacteria, coloured green, in a scanning electron micrograph.Credit: Stephanie Schuller/SPL A machine-learning approach has spotted powerful new types of antibiotic from a pool of more than 100 million molecules, including one that works against
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In a first, US researchers have used artificial intelligence to identify a powerful new antibiotic capable of killing several drug-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics have been a cornerstone of modern medicine since the discovery of penicillin, but their effectiveness has seriously diminished in recent years as overuse has led to bacteria becoming resistant. The scientists at MIT
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Methane bubbles trapped in ice. Methane that has long been stored in frozen ground is unlikely to be released in sufficient amounts to accelerate climate change. Credit: Alamy Climate change 21 February 2020 Bubbles in Antarctic ice suggest that warming will not result in massive release of long-buried methane. Runaway global warming driven by the
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WASHINGTON — Engineers plan to use the robotic arm on its InSight Mars lander to push a heat flow probe into the surface, acknowledging that they have “few alternatives” if that effort fails. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package instrument team has spent nearly a year trying to get the instrument’s probe, or “mole,”
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As the energy industry faces a time of reckoning — pressured by consistently low oil prices, high operating costs and a growing sustainable investing movement — oil and gas companies are increasingly turning to Silicon Valley for help streamlining operations and boosting efficiencies. By some estimates, the addressable market for digital oil and gas solutions
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(Reuters) – California is suing the administration of President Donald Trump for what it calls the administration’s failure to protect endangered species in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. FILE PHOTO: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (L) speaks about President Trump’s proposal to weaken national greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency regulations as he stands
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Parallel to the rapid spread of coronavirus from Wuhan China to 25 countries across the globe, spread of myths and even scientific studies with no peer reviews or ‘preprints’ on the novel virus has become viral and is contributing to fear and panic across the globe. Even public health scientists have issued a statement condemning
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 11, 2018. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images Google has reached a settlement with state attorneys general over outside consultants hired to work on the states’ antitrust investigation, CNBC has learned. The settlement means that potential
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Researchers taught a neural network to recognize a type of knot called a 31, which can be modelled as a string of beads (left) or a string of rods (right). Credit: O. Vandans et al./Phys. Rev. E Physics 21 February 2020 After training, an artificial-intelligence program can distinguish between five types of knot with 99%
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Civil aviation is one of the premiere success stories of the 20th century. Airmail was authorized by the US government in 1911 and began scheduled service in 1918. The federal government then authorized private contractors to carry the mail in 1925. An aviation boom followed. With the establishment of passenger airline service — initiated by
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Ultrasound is a powerful tool for looking inside the body. The scans see through layers of tissue to reveal pumping hearts, developing fetuses, troublesome blood clots, and injured muscles. They are relatively low-cost, portable, and have few side effects. Patients aren’t exposed to ionizing radiation or confined in a small space. They are, however, slathered
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Satellite builders booked more commercial orders in 2019 than the prior two years combined, but the industry remains in flux This article originally appeared in the Jan. 20, 2020 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Manufacturers are hopeful that 2019 marked the beginning of a turnaround for geostationary satellite orders, even though their market remains fraught with
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Building a military space culture may not require mass transfers of Army, Navy units to the Space Force The creation of the U.S. Space Force is a historic event, but many years of hard work lie ahead before we know what form the new service will take. One unanswered question that will shape the new
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A robotic submersible surfaces near the Nathaniel B. Palmer ice-breaker at Thwaites Glacier.Credit: Johan Rolandsson Taking advantage of rare ice-free waters in West Antarctica last February, scientists got their first look underneath Thwaites Glacier, a massive and increasingly unstable formation perched at the edge of the continent. What they saw only increased fears of a
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The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc’s wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global pacesetter on technological standards. Big tech companies seeking to tap Europe’s vast
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Researchers want to know how many people with the coronavirus don’t have symptoms.Credit: Stringer/Getty Researchers are concerned that China’s official reports on the number of coronavirus infections have not been including people who have tested positive for the virus but who have no symptoms. They fear the practice is masking the epidemic’s true scale. But
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WASHINGTON — Spaceflight Industries’ decision to sell its rideshare launch services company, Spaceflight, to two Japanese firms will benefit both Spaceflight and its parent company, executives of the two companies say. Spaceflight Industries announced Feb. 11 that it had an agreement to sell Spaceflight to Japanese companies Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Yamasa Co., Ltd.,
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The thousands of islands in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey have inspired countless myths and works of literature. This region is also where the word archipelago, which means a group of islands, has its roots. Archipelagos and their constituent islands have long been viewed as natural ‘laboratories’ for developing and testing theories that
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