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May 29, 2024

Increasing use of renewable energy in US yields billions of dollars of benefits

Posted by in categories: climatology, health, sustainability

They found emissions of SO2 and NOx – both linked to increased asthma risk and a variety of other health issues – decreased by a total of 1m metric tons over that three-year period.

To determine the impact of that reduction on public health, the authors “used air quality models to track the population exposed to pollution from power plants”, Millstein said. They also employed epidemiological research to examine the effects of those emissions, and quantified the benefits by using an Environmental Protection Agency dollar value establishing the value of reducing the risk of early death across the population, he said.

All told, the emission reductions from SO2 and NOx provided $249bn of climate and health benefits to the US, the authors found – a figure Millstein said he found was “noteworthy”

May 29, 2024

New immunotherapy could treat cancer in the bone

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new type of immunotherapy, developed by UCL researchers, has shown promising preclinical results against a bone cancer called osteosarcoma, as part of a study in mice.

May 29, 2024

Team develops an intelligent nanodevice based on a component of cinnamon essential oil as an antimicrobial agent

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomaterials y Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) has developed an intelligent “nanokiller” based on a component of cinnamon essential oil (cinnamaldehyde) for use as an antimicrobial agent.

May 29, 2024

Engineers link oxygen to graphene quality and develop new techniques to reproducibly make the material at scale

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Graphene has been called “the wonder material of the 21st century.” Since its discovery in 2004, the material—a single layer of carbon atoms—has been touted for its host of unique properties, which include ultra-high electrical conductivity and remarkable tensile strength. It has the potential to transform electronics, energy storage, sensors, biomedical devices, and more. But graphene has had a dirty little secret: it’s dirty.

May 29, 2024

Mystery of ‘slow’ solar wind unveiled by Solar Orbiter mission

Posted by in category: space

Described as “the most complex scientific laboratory ever to have been sent to the sun,” there are ten different scientific instruments onboard Solar Orbiter—some in situ to collect and analyze samples of the solar wind as it passes the spacecraft, and other remote sensing instruments designed to capture high quality images of activity at the sun’s surface.

By combining photographic and instrumental data, scientists have for the first time been able to identify more clearly where the slow solar wind originates. This has helped them to establish how it is able to leave the sun and begin its journey into the heliosphere—the giant bubble around the sun and its planets which protect our solar system from interstellar radiation.

Dr. Steph Yardley of Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, led the research and explains, The variability of solar wind streams measured in situ at a spacecraft close to the sun provide us with a lot of information on their sources, and although past studies have traced the origins of the solar wind, this was done much closer to Earth, by which time this variability is lost.

May 29, 2024

Physicists Puzzle Over Emergence of Strange Electron Aggregates

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

In the last year, two independent groups have observed electrons behaving like quasiparticles with fractional amounts of charge, like –²⁄₃ and –³⁄₅, without the influence of a magnetic field.

In the 127 years since the electron was discovered, it has undergone more scrutiny than perhaps any other particle. As a result, its properties are not just well known, but rote, textbook material: Electrons have a smidgen of mass and negative electric charge. In a conductor, they swim relatively unimpeded as a current; in an insulator, they barely move.

Over time, caveats have cropped up. Under an intense magnetic field, for example, electrons can lose their individual identities and form “quasiparticles”: collective entities, like the shape formed by a school of fish. But even these collective states have been well cataloged.

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May 29, 2024

Priya Basu — Executive Head, The Pandemic Fund — Strengthening Prevention, Preparedness And Response

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Strengthening global pandemic prevention, preparedness and response — priya basu — executive head, the pandemic fund secretariat, the world bank.

May 29, 2024

Debates: How to Defeat Aging — $10K Prize! Aubrey de Grey VS Peter Fedichev

Posted by in category: life extension

We are excited to announce a high-stakes debate on one of humanity’s oldest enigmas: aging. This event is not just a discussion, but a contest with a grand prize of 10,000 USDT for the winner. The debate aims to tackle the various theories and methodologies related to aging and seeks to uncover actionable insights through rigorous scientific discourse.

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May 29, 2024

Doctors Intrigued by Mutation That Protects People From Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

People with a rare mutation that causes Laron syndrome, a form of dwarfism, live healthier lives and could be the key to anti-aging drugs.

May 29, 2024

AI firms mustn’t govern themselves, say ex-members of OpenAI’s board

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

For humanity’s sake, regulation is needed to tame market forces, argue Helen Toner and Tasha McCauley.

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