Oxford controversy is the first shot in international battle over vaccine efficiency
Tony Hsieh, retired CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos, dead at 46
Trials will not reveal all the facts on prevention for each new drug – that process could last for yearsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn a few days, researchers plan to solve a medical mystery that threatens to erupt into a major transatlantic battle. Scientists at Oxford University say they intend to publish full, peer-reviewed data, in the journal Lancet, about...
Nadhim Zahawi appointed minister in charge of Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to transform the city's downtown area, has died. He was...
Risking family health over Christmas is 'individual judgment', says professor
UK business minister to take on additional role as NHS prepares for mass deploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNadhim Zahawi, minister for business and industry, has been placed in charge of overseeing the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine, Downing Street has announced.No 10 said the Stratford-on-Avon MP would take on the role until at least next summer. Continue...
Parcel delivery companies are trading trucks for bikes in some Canadian cities. Here's why
Prof Neil Ferguson says relaxing coronavirus restrictions for five days ‘will increase transmission’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe scientist whose modelling led to the first UK lockdown has said the decision over whether to see elderly relatives over Christmas comes down to “individual judgment”, warning that the relaxed measures during the five-day...
Coronavirus live news: Social gathering banned in LA County as Victoria passes elimination benchmark
The Black Friday, Cyber Monday, pre-Christmas pandemic online shopping frenzy calls for huge fleets of trucks and vans to deliver those gadgets and gifts. But those road-clogging, polluting vehicles are starting to give way to a greener, more efficient option in some Canadian cities: e-cargo bikes and...
Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap
US surpasses 13m Covid cases as experts urge caution over Thanksgiving weekend; Trudeau previously warned country would not get first doses; Italy to ease measures in five regionsHospitals in England told to prepare for vaccine rollout in 10 days’ timeHow an anti-lockdown ‘truthpaper’ bypasses online factcheckersCovid-19 infections ‘could easily double’ over Christmas, Sage experts say...
Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk 'ghost pond'
The key missions recording the loss of thickness in glaciers and sea-ice won't last the decade.
Extremely vulnerable in UK given high priority for coronavirus vaccine
A rare wetland plant has reappeared after not being seen for more than a century.
'It'll upset a few fellows': Royal Society adds Jocelyn Bell Burnell portrait
Those with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer put in same category on interim guidance list as over-70sCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople at very high risk of contracting coronavirus due to health problems, who were made to shield during the pandemic, have been given the same priority as the over-70s to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.People aged 18 or older...
Scientists reveal regions of the brain where serotonin promotes patience
Painting of astrophysicist joins male-dominated collection at organisation’s London HQA British astrophysicist who made one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 20th century but was overlooked by the Nobel prize committee has joined the male-dominated portrait collection of the Royal Society.Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a 24-year-old graduate student when in 1967 she discovered...
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In a study on mice scientists pinpoint specific areas of the brain that individually promote patience through the action of serotonin.
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Chinese sample return mission to the moon harkens back to 1960s lunar race
Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru's Amazon
Bob McDonald's blog: Robot mission will return first moon rocks since...
Covid-19 infections 'could easily double' over Christmas, Sage experts say
The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru's Amazon has dramatically altered the landscape and increased the risk of mercury exposure for indigenous communities and wildlife, a new study shows.
Ancient whale skeleton found in Thailand holds clues to climate change
Modelling was presented to government before decision to allow three-household festive ‘bubbles’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 infections could double over Christmas, scientists advising the government have said.The warning comes in the latest tranche of files from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). The documents were presented to...
Melting ice patch in Norway reveals large collection of ancient arrows
Scientists hope remains, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, will deepen knowledge of whale species and of rising sea levelsA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have...
Physicists invent printable superconducting device
A team of researchers affiliated with a host of institutions in Norway and one in the U.K., has unveiled their findings after collecting and studying a very large number of ancient arrows they found near a melting ice patch in Norway's Jotunheimen Mountains. In their paper published in the journal The Holocene, the group describes how they kept their research secret to avoid the possibility of...
Researchers fabricate co-doped aluminosilicate fiber with high laser stability for multi-kW level laser
Superconducting devices such as SQUIDS (Superconducting Quantum Interferometry Device) can perform ultra-sensitive measurements of magnetic fields. Leiden physicsts invented a method to 3-D-print these and other superconducting devices in minutes.
Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars
Multi-kilowatt (kW) (≥3kW) level fiber lasers with high stability are significant in many applications, and Yb-doped fiber is the key device in such fiber lasers. The incredible advances of the past few decades in fiber fabrication technology have led to an exponential increase in the output power of continuous-wave (CW) fiber lasers. However, with further scaling the output power,...
No 10 wanted union flag on Oxford coronavirus vaccine kits
International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.
Comet 2019 LD2 (ATLAS) found to be actively transitioning
Plan hatched by new ‘Union unit’ to counter rise in Scottish nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street tried to get doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine labelled with an image of the union jack, it has emerged, as scientists and statisticians raised more questions over the press release that proclaimed the trial’s...
Galaxy survives black hole's feast—for now
A comet discovered last year is offering scientists new insights into how these objects "turn on" and evolve, as it actually transitions out of the Centaur population and into the Jupiter Family of Comets (JFCs), according to a paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Jordan Steckloff.
A photonic crystal coupled to a transmission line via an artificial atom
Black holes are thought to gobble up so much surrounding material that they put an end to the life of their host galaxy. In that process they create a highly energetic object called a quasar which was previously thought to halt star birth. Now researchers have found a galaxy that is surviving the ravenous forces of a quasar by continuing to birth new stars –about 100 Sun-sized stars a year.
Graphene balloons to identify noble gases
Researchers have recently displayed the interaction of superconducting qubits; the basic unit of quantum information, with surface acoustic wave resonators; a surface-wave equivalent of the crystal resonator, in quantum physics. This phenomena opens a new field of research, defined as quantum acoustodynamics to allow the development of new types of quantum devices. The main challenge in this...
The Swiss Alps continue to rise: Evidence from cosmic rays show lift outpaces erosion
New research by scientists from Delft University of Technology and the University of Duisburg-Essen uses the motion of atomically thin graphene to identify noble gasses. These gasses are chemically passive and do not react with other materials, which makes it challenging to detect them. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Communications.
Microswimmers are inanimate microparticles, but they move like moths to the light
An international team of geologists, headed by members of the University of Bern, has shown for the first time that the Swiss Alps are being lifted faster than they are being lowered through erosion—and are thus growing even higher. To do this, the researchers quantified the erosion of the Alps with the help of isotopes measured in the sand of more than 350 rivers throughout the European Alps....
Catch Monday morning's subtle lunar eclipse
The Freigeist group at TU Dresden, led by chemist Dr. Juliane Simmchen, has studied an impressive behavior of synthetic microswimmers: as soon as the photocatalytic particles leave an illuminated zone, they flip independently and swim back into the light. This promising observation and its analysis was recently published in the scientific journal Soft Matter as an "Emerging Investigator" article.
Creating energy and valuable products from fruit waste
Howling at the Moon Sunday night? Sunday night into Monday morning November 30th features not only the penultimate Full Moon for 2020, but the final lunar eclipse of the year, with a penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
DIO additives contribute to efficiency of polymer solar cells
Waste from the citrus industry can provide biogas and valuable products for a range of industries. This has been shown by Lukitawesa, who recently defended his doctoral thesis at the Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology at the University of Borås.
Recently, researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have made progress in ultrafast dynamics of polymer solar cells (PSCs) with Soochow University.