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Jul 1, 2020

The biodiversity leader who is fighting for nature amid a pandemic

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In an interview with Nature, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the new head of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, acknowledged that it would be difficult to set a single target because biodiversity is multifaceted. But, if the community succeeds in making it work, she adds: “that will be the best result possible because then it becomes a song everyone will sing, and that everybody can align with to deliver that one key message.”

Elizabeth Mrema has a mighty task ahead of her, leading countries as they negotiate new biodiversity targets.

Jun 30, 2020

White House ordered NIH to cancel coronavirus research funding, Fauci says

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The research was the target of a conspiracy theory about the origin of the new coronavirus.

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Jun 30, 2020

Is Plant ‘Intelligence’ Just a Human Fantasy?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Although plants make up over 80% of the biomass on Earth, for centuries they have been thought of as inanimate and passive things. Researchers even coined the term “plant blindness” to refer to a cognitive bias that literally makes our brains zone out plants in our view and underestimate their importance.

Jun 30, 2020

How a protein’s small change leads to big trouble for cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, neuroscience

In molecular biology, chaperones are a class of proteins that help regulate how other proteins fold. Folding is an important step in the manufacturing process for proteins. When they don’t fold the way they’re supposed to, it can lead to the development of diseases such as cancer.

Researchers at the Sloan Kettering Institute have uncovered important findings about what causes chaperones to malfunction as well as a way to fix them when they go awry. The discovery points the way to a new approach for developing targeted drugs for cancer and other diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our earlier work showed that defects in chaperones could lead to widespread changes in cells, but no one knew exactly how it happened,” says SKI scientist Gabriela Chiosis, senior author of a study published June 30 in Cell Reports. “This paper finally gets into the nuts and bolts of that biochemical mechanism. I think it’s a pretty big leap forward.”

Jun 30, 2020

China approves world’s first coronavirus vaccine

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Coronavirus was first detected in China. Over 10 million people have so far infected with the virus across the world while more than five lakh people have died of the disease.

Over 100 research institutions around the world are trying to develop a vaccine to deal with the virus. It was reported that the Oxford vaccine is now at the final stage.

But above all, China has now given final approval to the corona vaccine, according to a report of Yahoo News.

Jun 30, 2020

It happened in just zeptoseconds

Posted by in categories: physics, supercomputing

Australian and US physicists say they have calculated the speed of the most complex nuclear reactions and found that they’re, well, really fast. We’re talking as little as a zeptosecond – a billionth of a trillionth of a second (10-21).

The finding follows a comprehensive project to calculate detailed models of the energy flow during nuclear collisions.

Cedric Simenel from the Australian National University worked with Kyle Godbey and Sait Umar from Vanderbilt University to model 13 different pairs of nuclei, using supercomputers at ANU and in the US.

Jun 30, 2020

The US’s flagship fighter jet simulator is now multiplayer

Posted by in category: military

Thanks to a new uplink, a pilot in a sim at Nellis Air Force Base can now fly their F-35 alongside a virtual F-16 operated by another aviator in a simulator in, say, Asia.

Jun 30, 2020

Samsung’s new 870 QVO lineup features its first 8TB SSD for consumers

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

Samsung has announced its latest lineup of high-capacity consumer solid-state drives: the 870 QVO. It starts at $129.99 for the 1TB SSD, working all the way up to Samsung’s first 8TB model made for consumers.

Jun 30, 2020

Hungriest of black holes among the most massive in the universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

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We now know just how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe actually is, as well as how much it eats, thanks to new research led by The Australian National University (ANU).

It is 34 billion times the of our sun and gorges on nearly the equivalent of one sun every day, according to Dr. Christopher Onken and his colleagues.

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Jun 30, 2020

NASA Team Claims ‘Impossible’ Space Engine Works—Get the Facts

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space travel

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Scientists just published a paper saying that the controversial EmDrive produces thrust, even though that defies known laws of physics.