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Fighting cancer with physics – Symmetry magazine

Fighting cancer with physics – Symmetry magazine

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University of Alabama rising senior Sarah Deutsch once pictured scientists as cold and detached. As an expressive musical theater kid who dreamed of singing on Broadway, she couldn’t imagine herself in such a role.

But meeting a physics teacher a lot like herself her junior year of high school made her reevaluate what a scientist could be. And working on a project with the CERN Summer Student Program this year, she discovered that her connections with and empathy for others are in fact valuable assets in her scientific work.

Working at CERN with biologist Manjit Dosanjh, Deutsch…

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Green tea compound shows promise in tackling antibiotic resistance – News-Medical.net

Green tea compound shows promise in tackling antibiotic resistance – News-Medical.net

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Green tea has gained immense popularity across the globe, mainly because of its health benefits. Green tea extract has been used for many purposes – for weight loss, improved brain function, enhanced metabolism, and lower risk of some types of cancer, among others.

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Now, another health benefit has been added to the multitude of abilities green tea extract possesses. A team of researchers at the University of Surrey has found that a natural antioxidant, called epigallocatechin (EGCG), which is commonly found in green tea can help…

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Nobody Knows What Made the Gargantuan Crater on the Dark Side of the Moon – Livescience.com

Nobody Knows What Made the Gargantuan Crater on the Dark Side of the Moon – Livescience.com

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Billions of years ago, something slammed into the dark side of the moon and carved out a very, very large hole. Stretching 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) wide and 8 miles (13 km) deep, the South Pole-Aitken basin, as the tremendous hole is known to Earthlings, is the oldest and deepest crater on the moon, and one of the largest craters in the entire solar system. 

For decades, researchers have suspected that the gargantuan basin was created by a head-on collision with a very large, very fast meteor. Such an impact would have ripped the moon’s crust apart and scattered chunks of lunar…

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The Conflicting Moral Dilema of Training for Apocolypse
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Should all individuals, no matter their disposition, be training for apocalyptic outcomes such as shootings? It might seem like an easy answer, but it's not one that was ever raised, for instance, before American schools started conducting shooting drills with captive audiences at non-consenting ages (minors). Some of the questions now being asked regarding the implementation of VR (virtual reality) Training for mass shooting events perhaps should have been asked before schools conducted these drills as well. Companies can use VR to train employees for mass shootings. But should they? – CNN Excerpt: …..while there may be a large market for such services, Peterson is concerned that they’re not just helping innocent bystanders learn how to cope with a shooting at work or at school: they’re also training the very people who could be perpetrators. She said research indicates that about 90% of school or workplace shootings are committed by former students or employees. It also makes Peterson nervous to put people through simulations in virtual reality in case it triggers a fascination or interest in shootings that wasn’t there previously. “If you’re suicidal, and you’re in crisis, and you have a trauma background, and you have access to weapons, this sort of rehearsal could be problematic,” she said.
We May Have Just Solved Oh-My-God Particle Mystery Using Galactic Filaments – Anton Petrov
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We May Have Just Solved Oh-My-God Particle Mystery Using Galactic Filaments – Anton Petrov - VIDEO in this video, we will talk about a new study that investigates the origin of The Oh-My-God particle (OMG Particle) and other Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays
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3D Mapping the Dark Matter Universe

How ESA’s Dark Energy Telescope Will Map The ‘Dark Universe’ - Seeker - VIDEO ESA is building its first space telescope to investigate how the dark energy and and dark matter control our universe.
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Did Scientists Just See Dark Matter Or Is This a New Mystery? – Anton Petrov

Did Scientists Just See Dark Matter Or Is This a New Mystery? – Anton Petrov

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about two studies that investigate unusual gamma rays that may indicate that dark matter is emitting them.
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This New Massive Planet Breaks Records and May Have Habitable Moons – Anton Petrov

This New Massive Planet Breaks Records and May Have Habitable Moons – Anton Petrov

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about a newly discovered and extremely massive planet called Beta Pictoris c that’s a record holder for many different things. Paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s4155… Support this channel on Patreon to help me make this a full time job: https://www.patreon.com/whatdamath

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Fruit flies’ microbiomes shape their evolution: Biologists observed distinct shifts in the genomes of fruit flies fed different bacterial species after just five generations – Science Daily

Fruit flies’ microbiomes shape their evolution: Biologists observed distinct shifts in the genomes of fruit flies fed different bacterial species after just five generations – Science Daily

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The expression “you are what you eat” has taken on new meaning. In an experiment in fruit flies, or Drosophila melanogaster, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that adding different species of microbes to the flies’ food caused populations to diverge genetically, racking up significant genomic changes in just five generations.

“Our work is very suggestive that microbial community composition drives, at least in part, how the organisms in which they live are evolving,” says Paul Schmidt, a biologist at Penn and senior author on the work, which appears in the journal…

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Iron ore pit discovered in ancient city in northern Turkey – Daily Sabah

Iron ore pit discovered in ancient city in northern Turkey – Daily Sabah

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An iron ore pit discovered in the ancient city of Tium in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Zonguldak will welcome tourists after excavations are complete.

Archaeologists are working hard to unearth the iron ore pit in the ancient city, located in the Çaycuma district, Associate Professor Şahin Yıldırım from Bartın University who leads the excavations told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Dr. Şahin noted that the pit was discovered in the upper part of the city, referred to as the “sacred” part.

“We came across iron ore pits dating back to the 7th

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Novel atomic clock design offers ‘tweezer’ control – Science Daily

Novel atomic clock design offers ‘tweezer’ control – Science Daily

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JILA physicists have demonstrated a novel atomic clock design that combines near-continuous operation with strong signals and high stability, features not previously found together in a single type of next-generation atomic clock. The new clock, which uses laser “tweezers” to trap, control and isolate the atoms, also offers unique possibilities for enhancing clock performance using the tricks of quantum physics.

Described in a paper to be published online Sept. 12 by the journal Science, the new clock platform is an array of up to 10 strontium atoms confined individually by 10 optical…

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These Italian towns in Molise will pay you $27,000 to move there – PIX11 New York

These Italian towns in Molise will pay you $27,000 to move there – PIX11 New York

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When Italian villages began selling houses for $1, it seemed too good to be true. But the latest offer from Italy is enough to make even that deal look like a ripoff.

The region of Molise, a wild, beautiful but overlooked area that lies east of Rome, has announced it will pay people more than $27,000 to settle in one of 106 underpopulated villages in an effort to prevent their communities from dying.

Anyone who takes up the offer will receive 700 euros a month (about $770) for up to three years to help them settle in an area known for its green pastures, olive groves and snowy…

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Astronomers Find a Supermassive Black Hole That’s Feasting on a Regular Schedule, Every 9 Hours – Universe Today

Astronomers Find a Supermassive Black Hole That’s Feasting on a Regular Schedule, Every 9 Hours – Universe Today

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Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole (SMBH) with an unusually regular feeding schedule. The behemoth is an active galactic nucleus (AGN) at the heart of the Seyfert 2 galaxy GSN 069. The AGN is about 250 million light years from Earth, and contains about 400,000 times the mass of the Sun.

The team of astronomers used the ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to observe the x-ray emissions of the SMBH. About every 9 hours, the black hole flares brightly with x-rays as material is drawn into it.

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Quantum Physics Is Fine, Human Bias About Reality Is The Real Problem – Forbes

Quantum Physics Is Fine, Human Bias About Reality Is The Real Problem – Forbes

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Melissa Meister, of laser photons through a beam splitter

When it comes to understanding the Universe, scientists have traditionally taken two…

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Towering Balloon-like Features Discovered Near The Center Of The Milky Way – Space Ref

Towering Balloon-like Features Discovered Near The Center Of The Milky Way – Space Ref

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An international team of astronomers has discovered one of the largest features ever observed in the center of the Milky Way – a pair of enormous radio-emitting bubbles that tower hundreds of light-years above and below the central region of our galaxy.

This hourglass-like feature, which dwarfs all other radio structures in the galactic center, is likely the result of a phenomenally energetic burst that erupted near the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole a few million years ago.

“The center of our galaxy is relatively calm when…

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Study offers verdict for China’s efforts on coal emissions – physicsworld.com

Study offers verdict for China’s efforts on coal emissions – physicsworld.com

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Google and Nintendo patents point to a virtual reality push – Business Insider

Google and Nintendo patents point to a virtual reality push – Business Insider

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Two recently revealed patents filed by Google and Nintendo show the intentions of the companies to move further into the virtual reality (VR) space.

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While patents don’t always result in a finished product or indicate a potential time to market, they do provide useful hints as to what features companies are exploring. Here’s what the two companies filed:

  • A patent from Google shows a wireless VR headset that could…

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Italian towns in Molise will pay you $27,000 to move there – WSLS 10

Italian towns in Molise will pay you $27,000 to move there – WSLS 10

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The region of Molise, a wild, beautiful but overlooked area that lies east of Rome, has announced it will pay people more than $27,000 to settle in one of 106 underpopulated villages in an effort to prevent their communities from dying.

Anyone who takes up the offer will receive 700 euros a month (about $770) for up to three years to help them settle in an area known for its green pastures, olive groves and snowy mountaintops.

There’s a catch — they’ll also have to commit to starting a small business, in order to contribute to the local economy.

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Fight or Flight May Be In Our Bones – Scientific American

Fight or Flight May Be In Our Bones – Scientific American

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The experiment was the first in a long series of studies that identified osteocalcin as a hormone involved in metabolismfertility and muscle function. Recent investigations have suggested the protein may even play a role in brain development and cognition.

As these discoveries accumulated, Karsenty and his colleagues began to wonder why the skeleton, which protects our internal organs and gives us the ability to move, also acts as an endocrine organ with multifaceted roles.

This insight led the researchers to the unorthodox hypothesis that perhaps bones evolved, at least in part, to help animals escape from danger.… Source

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Reprogrammable Ink That Lets Objects Change Colors Like a Chameleon – SciTech Daily

Reprogrammable Ink That Lets Objects Change Colors Like a Chameleon – SciTech Daily

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The color-changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. The philosopher Aristotle himself was long mystified by these adaptive creatures. But while humans can’t yet camouflage much beyond a green outfit to match grass, inanimate objects are another story.

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has brought us closer to this chameleon reality, by way of a new system that uses reprogrammable ink to let objects change colors when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) and visible light sources.… Source

Archaeologists Stunned At iPhone-Like Object Found In 2100 Siberian Grave – Tsarizm
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Archaeologists Stunned At iPhone-Like Object Found In 2100 Siberian Grave – Tsarizm

If you think the iPhone 11 is something, you should try and get your hands on the iPhone 1000BC. Tsarizm Archeologists have discovered a strange iPhone-like object adorning the grave of a Siberian woman who died 2,100 years ago, stunning the scientific community. The black rectangular object was located in a burial site known as ‘The Russian Atlantis’ in mountainous Republic of Tuva, for it only appears from under water for few weeks a year. Archeologists jokingly nicknamed the ancient female Natasha, while her accessory was called ‘an iPhone’. 
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The ‘South Atlantic blob’: The vulnerability of the world’s warming oceans – Washington Post

The ‘South Atlantic blob’: The vulnerability of the world’s warming oceans – Washington Post

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The South Atlantic region is part of a global trend: Around the planet, enormous ocean currents are traveling to new locations. As they relocate, waters are growing warmer.
“Scientists have basically correlated the clam decline and a lot of other things that have happened at the same time with the really quick warm-up of temperatures that have happened in this region,” says environmental reporter Chris Mooney.

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Black hole at the center of our galaxy appears to be getting hungrier – Science Daily

Black hole at the center of our galaxy appears to be getting hungrier – Science Daily

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A paper about the (black hole) study, led by the UCLA Galactic Center Group, which Ghez heads, is published today in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

The researchers analyzed more than 13,000 observations of the black hole from 133 nights since 2003…..The team found that on May 13, the area just outside the black hole’s “point of no return” (so called because once matter enters, it can never escape) was twice as bright as the next-brightest observation…..

“The big question is whether the black hole is entering a new phase — for example if the spigot has been turned up and the rate of gas falling down the black hole ‘drain’ has increased for an extended period — or whether we have just seen the fireworks from a few unusual blobs of gas falling in,” said Mark Morris, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and the paper’s co-senior author.

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Fake Human Embryos are All the Rage at the University of Michigan
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Fake Human Embryos are All the Rage at the University of Michigan

In a laboratory in the University of Michigan, researchers are growing near-facsimiles of human embryos, with a pre-determined life expectancy of 4 days.  They are creating these embryos from stem cells that have been encouraged to produce a human-shaped embryo, sans the placenta. Meet the artificial embryos people are calling “uncanny” and “spectacular” – MIT Technology ReviewExcerpt:….researchers at the University of Michigan are reporting that they’ve learned to efficiently manufacture realistic models of human embryos from stem cells. They think the advance will let them test fertility drugs and study the earliest phases of pregnancy, but it is also raising novel legal and ethical issues.The artificial embryos were made by coaxing stem cells to spontaneously form tiny ball-shaped structures that include the beginnings of an amniotic sac and the inner cells of the embryo (the part that would become a person’s limbs, head, and the rest of their body) though they lack tissues needed to make a placenta….The ones developed by the Michigan team, which was led by bioengineer Jianping Fu and biologist Deborah Gumucio, were only allowed to live four days and don’t have all the cell types needed to qualify as a real conceptus, as the implanting embryo is known, and are likely to have other abnormalities and limitations…..
Transferring Your Female Fluid to Another Female is What Scientists Are Hoping to Be Able to Do
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Transferring Your Female Fluid to Another Female is What Scientists Are Hoping to Be Able to Do

There are women who are in need of a vaginal fluid transplant to help them with bacterial vaginosis.  Scientists are close to making it happen.Doctors In The US Are Developing Vaginal Fluid Transplants And It Is Absolutely As Weird As It Sounds – GraziaExcerpt:Doctors in the US are screening potential donors of vaginal fluid as they work towards transplants to help women who suffer from bacterial vaginosis (BV). The transplant would mean an option besides antibiotics for women who repeatedly suffer with the infection.The research is being conducted after the successful testing of 20 women, which allowed doctors to gain insight into the ideal vaginal fluid donor. Now, after approval from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), they hope to find more volunteers to screen and to start offering women with BV the transplants.
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Tiny Cars, Wonky Physics, and Building Cities: What Makes Road Trip Adventure Special – Exclusively Games

Tiny Cars, Wonky Physics, and Building Cities: What Makes Road Trip Adventure Special – Exclusively Games

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The PlayStation 2’s library was a behemoth of shovelware.

Every brand, every fairytale, anything anyone could make a buck off of, was likely to turn up somewhere on some store shelf. Oddly though, some shovelware, or at least, some games that were intended to be so, end up rising beyond that, and today’s mini car racer Road Trip (also known as Road Trip Adventure in Europe) is a prime example of this, and what we’re going to be talking about today.

For those of you who are only remotely familiar, Road Trip is actually a localization of one of the several dozen ChoroQ titles.

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NASA Satellite Data Shows Climate Change’s Impact on Fires – Scitech Daily

NASA Satellite Data Shows Climate Change’s Impact on Fires – Scitech Daily

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North American Forests

Fires are a natural part of the ecosystem in North American forests. However, their size and intensity is shaped by climate. Credit: NASA

Hot and dry. These are the watchwords for large fires. While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, it’s the hot and dry conditions in the…

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With Handiss, Lebanon Joins The Freelance Revolution – Forbes

With Handiss, Lebanon Joins The Freelance Revolution – Forbes

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During its heyday, before the Lebanese Civil War, Lebanon was a country of relative peace and prosperity. It was often described as the “Switzerland of the East” and its capital, Beirut, was known as the Paris of the Middle East.

And while there are certain challenges to improve the economy and rebuild infrastructure, Lebanon has made considerable progress and is one of the highest GDP per capita in the Arab after the oil-rich economies of the Persian Gulf.

And so it might come as no surprise that, as the freelance revolution reached the Mideast, it might rise in Lebanon.

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Hubble Explores the Formation and Evolution of Star Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud – Scitech Daily

Hubble Explores the Formation and Evolution of Star Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud – Scitech Daily

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Hubble Space Telescope Image of NGC 1466

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals an ancient, glimmering ball of stars called NGC 1466. It is a globular cluster — a gathering of stars all held together by gravity — that is slowly moving through space on the outskirts of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our…

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We Can Be Young Again, Science Says It’s So….

Nevermind the hyperbole in the title below, this make-me-young-again drug study reduced the 'biological age' of the individuals by over 2 years.  This means, folks, we may yet again revisit zits if we take too many make-me-young-again drugs.  Imagine a world of 90 year old teens.  Gasp.  What fun.Mind-blowing drug trials show it’s possible to reverse biological age – BGRExcerpt:A study recently published in Aging Cell reveals that a specific regiment of growth hormones and medications shows promise in actually reversing a person’s biological age. The research was conducted on a very small scale, with just nine adults participating and no control group, but the findings are nonetheless exciting.For a full year, the tiny group of volunteers stuck with a strict drug routine that included the growth hormone and a pair of drugs commonly used to treat diabetes. Their biological ages — which is a measurement of the changes in a person’s genetics over time and is commonly used to determine the age of a person’s body in comparison to chronological age — were tracked for comparison.After the experiment was over, the biological ages of the individuals were determined to be approximately 1.5 years younger than when they started a year prior, meaning that they were actually 2.5 years younger than they would have been by the time the trials were over. The decrease in biological age persisted for six months after the participants finished the trials.
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Brain cells that suppress drug cravings may be the secret to better addiction medicines – Science Daily

Brain cells that suppress drug cravings may be the secret to better addiction medicines – Science Daily

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…. a research quest for Nobuyoshi Suto, PhD, of Scripps Research’s Department of Neuroscience……By shedding new light on these poorly understood brain mechanisms, their findings may contribute to better medicines to treat addiction, Suto says. The research, supported by grants from NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, appears in Nature Communications.

“Medications designed to counter brain processes that lead to relapse have seen limited success in patients, as have non-drug interventions such as cue-exposure therapy that seeks to help individuals deal with addiction triggers,” Suto says.… Source