Webb Telescope Will Look for Signs of Life Way Out There

The first question astronomers want to answer about exoplanets: Do they have atmospheres friendly to life?

#extraterrestrial-life, #planets, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

These TikTok Creators Are Fighting Health Myths

Meet the medical experts fighting bogus science, one “stitch” at a time.

#computers-and-the-internet, #doctors, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

CRISPR, 10 Years On: Learning to Rewrite the Code of Life

The gene-editing technology has led to innovations in medicine, evolution and agriculture — and raised profound ethical questions about altering human DNA.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #broad-institute, #clinical-trials, #crispr-dna, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #doudna-jennifer-a, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #he-jiankui, #nobel-prizes, #science-and-technology, #university-of-california, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The Racist Researcher Cited in the Buffalo Gunman’s Manifesto

The work of Michael Woodley, a Briton who was cited by the teenager who killed 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, included pseudoscientific theories that have been used to justify racism.

#belgium, #buffalo-ny, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #colleges-and-universities, #michael-woodley, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #science-and-technology, #vrije-universiteit-brussel

Can Ancient Maori Knowledge Aid Science? Ask These Freshwater Crayfish.

As a weed choked a New Zealand lake, a tribe found a surprising solution in a centuries-old tool, adding to a pitched debate over how Indigenous knowledge can complement conventional science.

#dawkins-richard, #indigenous-people, #maori, #new-zealand, #science-and-technology, #weeds

Russian Academics Aim to Punish Colleagues Who Backed Ukraine Invasion

A campaign is circulating a list of dozens of researchers in the hopes they will be denied the prestige of election into the Russian Academy of Sciences.

#elections, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #russia, #russian-academy-of-sciences, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

Tooth of an Ancient Girl Fills Gap in Human Family Tree

A molar discovered in a cave in Laos shows where the enigmatic Denisovans could have interbred with the ancestors of modern humans.

#caves-and-caverns, #denisova-hominid, #fossils, #neanderthal-man, #research, #science-and-technology, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

16 years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

#brain, #computers-and-the-internet, #medical-devices, #musk-elon, #neuralink-corp, #paralysis, #psychology-and-psychologists, #science-and-technology

Spinal Fluid From Young Mice Sharpened Memories of Older Rodents

Researchers identified a protein in the fluid that could boost the cognition of aging animals — and might lead to future treatments for people.

#alzheimers-disease, #animal-cognition, #elderly, #memory, #mice, #parkinsons-disease, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science, #youth

How Do We Track the Fortunes of the World’s Peatlands?

They’re critical resources in taking carbon out of the atmosphere. What are the signs of our progress toward saving them or indications that we’re failing?

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #internal-open-access, #peat, #science-and-technology, #scotland

Bill Gates: We Must Develop Drugs Much Faster in the Next Pandemic

The more rapidly we are able to produce safe, effective drugs for quick-spreading pathogens like the coronavirus, the more lives we can save.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #research, #science-and-technology

Russian Tech Industry Faces ‘Brain Drain’ as Workers Flee

Since their country invaded Ukraine, Russian tech workers have left by the thousands. They appear intent on rebuilding their lives and businesses in other countries.

#computers-and-the-internet, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #immigration-and-emigration, #kroshkina-dasha, #latvia, #mishustin-mikhail-v, #pachikov-stepan, #relocation-of-business, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #science-and-technology, #siniushin-konstantin, #software, #start-ups, #studyfree, #yerevan-armenia

Robert Malone Spreads Falsehoods About Vaccines. He Also Says He Invented Some.

Dr. Robert Malone says he helped invent mRNA vaccines and has been wronged for decades. Now he’s spreading unfounded claims about the vaccines and the virus.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #malone-robert-1959, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

Turing Award Won by Programmer Who Paved Way for Supercomputers

In the 1970s, Jack Dongarra created code and concepts that allowed software to work easily with the world’s most powerful computing machines.

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Ukraine Made Big Tech Pick a Side — But Who Are the Losers?

The Russia-Ukraine war has made clear, yet again, the dominance that platforms like Apple, Facebook and Google have. Is it time we finally take away that power?

#audio-neutral-informative, #corporations, #propaganda, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #ukraine

Museum of Natural History’s New Science Center Takes Shape

On Monday, the museum unveiled the opening date of its Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation and shared details of what it will contain.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #appelbaum-ralph-associates, #architecture, #futter-ellen-v, #gang-jeanne, #gilder-richard-center-for-science-education-and-innovation, #libraries-and-librarians, #museums, #science-and-technology

Stewart Brand, Who Coined the Term ‘Personal Computer,’ Says He’s Still an Optimist

Stewart Brand coined the term “personal computer” and was one of the first to envision what digital technology would become. He knows it got messy. He thinks tech can clean itself up.

#brand-stewart, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #facebook-inc, #long-now-foundation, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #twitter, #whole-earth-catalog-book

Why This Silicon Valley Prophet Says He’s Still an Optimist

Stewart Brand coined the term “personal computer” and was one of the first to envision what digital technology would become. He knows it got messy. He thinks tech can clean itself up.

#brand-stewart, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #facebook-inc, #long-now-foundation, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #twitter, #whole-earth-catalog-book

‘He Goes Where the Fire Is’: A Virus Hunter in the Wuhan Market

For years, Edward Holmes worried about animal markets causing a pandemic. Now he finds himself at the center of the debate over the origins of the coronavirus.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #science-and-technology, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

Finding a Retirement Home for 466 Frozen Flatworm Fragments

When researchers end their careers, where do their biological collections go?

#archives-and-records, #conservation-of-resources, #distel-dan, #northeastern-university, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Beeple Is Trying His Hand at Artwork for Walls

The digital artist known for NFTs is showing paintings and prints IRL at a Manhattan gallery. Will the art establishment finally take notice?

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #hanley-jack-gallery, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #science-and-technology, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

These Climate Scientists Are Fed Up and Ready to Go on Strike

Evidence on global warming is piling up. Nations aren’t acting. Some researchers are asking what difference more reports will make.

#development-journal, #glavovic-bruce-c, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #grief-emotion, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #research, #science-and-technology, #strikes

Are We Measuring Our Lives in All the Wrong Ways?

The philosopher C. Thi Nguyen believes that to understand modern life, we need to understand how games work.

#computer-and-video-games, #fitbit, #games, #klein-ezra, #philosophy, #science-and-technology, #twitter

Follow the Science?

If only it were so easy.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-storyline-no, #science-and-technology, #united-states-politics-and-government

Vacancies in Top Health and Science Jobs May Threaten Biden’s Agenda

President Biden came into office vowing to respect science, but openings in crucial jobs could hamper progress on medical and technological research.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #califf-robert-m, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-advanced-research-projects-agency, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #lander-eric-s, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #united-states-politics-and-government, #woodcock-janet

Did the First Americans Arrive via Land Bridge? This Geneticist Says No.

In “Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas,” Jennifer Raff combines archaeology, genetics, linguistics and more to argue against a longstanding theory.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #books-and-literature, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #indigenous-people, #origin-a-genetic-history-of-the-americas-book, #paleontology, #race-and-ethnicity, #raff-jennifer, #science-and-technology

Biden’s Top Science Adviser Resigns After Acknowledging ‘Demeaning’ Behavior

The adviser, Eric S. Lander, had apologized for his workplace conduct. The president had pledged to immediately fire any official who acted that way toward colleagues.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #lander-eric-s, #science-and-technology, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Can’t We Pay Attention Anymore?

Two new books, Johann Hari’s “Stolen Focus” and Jacob Ward’s “The Loop,” examine the ways technology affects our brains.

#artificial-intelligence, #books-and-literature, #hari-johann, #psychology-and-psychologists, #science-and-technology, #stolen-focus-why-you-cant-pay-attention-and-how-to-think-deeply-again-book, #the-loop-how-technology-is-creating-a-world-without-choices-and-how-to-fight-back-book, #ward-jacob-1974

Clues to the Next Variant Are All Around Us

Wastewater monitoring and air sampling hold promise for finding viruses and variants faster.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gisaid, #science-and-technology, #sewers-and-sewage

What the Joe Rogan Backlash Reveals About How We Handle Misinformation

Are we relying too heavily on tech platforms to enforce the boundaries of socially acceptable speech?

#debatable, #rogan-joe, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #spotify, #the-joe-rogan-experience-radio-program, #young-neil

How to Disseminate Science Quickly

What’s the best way to release timely research without letting bad information get out?

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #arxiv, #internal-sub-only-nl, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #research, #science-and-technology

Jana Bennett, Former Director of BBC Television, Dies at 66

An American-born executive who transformed the presentation of science on TV and was considered one of the most influential women in her industry.

#artsentertainment-network, #bennett-jana, #british-broadcasting-corp, #deaths-obituaries, #great-britain, #science-and-technology, #television, #women-and-girls

Grichka and Igor Bogdanoff, Twins in an Uneasy Spotlight, Die at 72

In France they were science-loving TV celebrities (molded by plastic surgery) whose own research was suspect, maybe a hoax. They died within days of each other.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #france, #grichka-and-igor-bogdanoff, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #plastic-surgery, #science-and-technology, #television

Chasing the Night Parrot: The ‘Ghost Bird’ of Australia’s Outback

An elusive, nocturnal parrot disappeared for more than a century. An unlikely rediscovery led to ornithological scandal — and then hope.

#audubon-magazine, #australia, #biodiversity, #birds, #birdwatching, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #indigenous-australians, #parrots, #science-and-technology, #university-of-queensland

Cannabis to Help You Diet? One Edibles Company Thinks So

An edibles company says one of its products will lead not to the “the munchies” but to weight loss. There’s just one problem: the science.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #clinical-trials, #colorado, #drug-enforcement-administration, #food-and-drug-administration, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #national-institutes-of-health, #science-and-technology, #university-of-mississippi

A Divided World United to Launch the James Webb Space Telescope

“I’ve always seen space as an area where we cooperate, through all the trying times,” said a professor who oversaw mission control for the global effort to launch a $10 billion telescope into space.

#baltimore-md, #belgium, #california, #canadian-space-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-space-agency, #european-union, #french-guiana, #germany, #great-britain, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

In a Boston Court, a Superstar of Science Falls to Earth

A jury found Harvard chemist Charles Lieber guilty of lying to the federal government about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents recruitment program.

#china-initiative, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #science-and-technology, #wuhan-university

In a Boston Court, a Harsh Spotlight Falls on a Heavyweight of Science

The trial of Charles Lieber offers a peek inside the world of big-money, big-prestige science as the U.S. cracked down on Chinese funding.

#china-initiative, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #science-and-technology, #wuhan-university

Webb Telescope Approaches Launch, With an Eye Toward Cosmic Origins

The biggest space telescope in history aims to answer astronomy’s oldest question: How did we get from the Big Bang to here?

#black-holes-space, #freedman-wendy-l, #french-guiana, #hubble-constant, #hubble-space-telescope, #james-webb-space-telescope, #physics, #planets, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Biden’s Democracy Conference Is About Much More Than Democracy

Democracies can find strength in numbers.

#artificial-intelligence, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #summit-for-democracy, #united-states-international-relations

As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash

A chilling effect has taken hold on American campuses, contributing to an outflow of academic talent that may hurt the United States while benefiting Beijing.

#china, #chinese-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #intellectual-property, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

A Biography of E.O. Wilson, the Scientist Who Foresaw Our Troubles

In Richard Rhodes’s “Scientist,” a portrait emerges of Wilson’s ability to focus on the smallest details in nature and recognize the ways in which they connect to larger ecosystems.

#biodiversity, #biology-and-biochemistry, #books-and-literature, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #rhodes-richard, #science-and-technology, #scientist-e-o-wilson-a-life-in-nature-book, #wilson-edmund-o

Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights

Moderna’s patent application names several employees as the sole inventors of a crucial component of its coronavirus vaccine, excluding three government scientists.

#bancel-stephane, #corbett-kizzmekia-s, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #graham-barney-s-1953, #inventions-and-patents, #mascola-john-r, #moderna-inc, #national-institutes-of-health, #patent-and-trademark-office-us, #research, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Covid Raised the Stakes of the War Between Faith and Science

The debate isn’t just about creationism and stem cells anymore.

#christians-and-christianity, #copernicus-nicolaus, #creationism-and-intelligent-design, #darwin-charles-robert, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #evolution-biology, #internal-sub-only-nl, #republican-party, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

Facebook’s Metaverse Is No Replacement for the Real World

Social media, in many ways, poisons our capacity to be present in the here and now.

#computers-and-the-internet, #empathy, #facebook-inc, #science-and-technology, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Greta Thunberg Is Panicking. But She Is Also Hopeful.

“All political and economic systems have failed, but humanity has not yet failed.”

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #science-and-technology, #sustainable-living, #thunberg-greta, #your-feed-opinionvideo

M.I.T.’s Choice of Lecturer Ignited Criticism. So Did Its Decision to Cancel.

Dorian Abbot is a scientist who has opposed aspects of affirmative action. He is now at the center of an argument over free speech and acceptable discourse.

#abbot-dorian, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #race-and-ethnicity, #science-and-technology

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Tool to Build Molecules

Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan were honored for work that spurred research into new drugs and reduced the effect of chemistry on the environment.

#chemistry, #nobel-prizes, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi

The work of Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi “demonstrate that our knowledge about the climate rests on a solid scientific foundation,” the committee said.

#nobel-prizes, #physics, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to 3 for Study of Climate

Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi were honored “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems.”

#nobel-prizes, #physics, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science