Science-religion conflict may lie in our brainsThe conflict between science and religion may originate in our brain structure, researchers have found. Head-on crash produced our moon, study saysA collision between Earth and a planetary embryo called Theia was head-on, not glancing, research concludes. “Solid evidence” of ninth planet claimedResearchers say there’s an unseen, giant planet tracing a bizarre orbit in the outer solar system. Radiation is slamming the “most Earth-like planet,” scientists sayRadiation may be preventing life on a planet considered the most Earth-like known outside our solar system. “Pandemonium” seen in Pluto’s moon systemOne moon is spinning so fast that things are close to flying off its surface, scientists say.
BIOMEDICINE WHO targets top fungal threats Viruses and bacteria hog the limelight for public health threats, but last week the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever list of “priority pathogens” that are fungi. The top four fungi threats are Aspergillus fumigatus, Candida albicans, C. auris, and Cryptococcus neoformans, according to a WHO survey of clinicians and researchers. They ranked the threats based on criteria including antifungal resistance, the role of infections in patient deaths, and available diagnostics. ANIMAL BEHAVIOR Bumble bees play with toys Bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) repeatedly manipulated wooden balls in a form of play. As with mammals and birds, younger bees played more than older ones, the team reports this week in Animal Behaviour .3 months ago Science
Taking the antibody alongside blood clot medications, the Japanese biotech company Eisai cautioned, increases the risk of possibly fatal brain hemorrhages. The revised consent form, distributed to investigators running the lecanemab trial, informs participants that they could die from combining the antibody with drugs that reduce blood clots. Earlier this year, the Illinois woman had signed a consent form for the core lecanemab trial, in which she was randomized to getting the antibody or a placebo. The Illinois woman’s husband could not locate an updated, signed consent form. But that occurred in June, before the date of the revised consent form Science has obtained.27 days ago Science
Now, two new studies reveal racial and gender disparities in student publication rates, adding to the ways that inequities in academia manifest early in careers. Women medical students publish less than men, despite reporting a similar number of “research experiences” in their residency applications, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open . Women from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups had the lowest publication rate, and Asian students had the highest, driven by men. Smaller, institutional studies could begin to parse students’ research and publication experiences and how these factors may play a role. For example, one previous case study found women working with men advisers published about 8% less than women working with women advisers.3 months ago Science
On the Big Island of Hawaii, the world’s largest active volcano is currently erupting, spewing debris and ash from its summit. This is the first time in almost 40 years that Mauna Loa has erupted. However, officials still told people living on the Big Island to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. The Big Island is the southernmost island in the Hawaiian archipelago, and Mauna Loa is one of five volcanoes together make up the Big Island. Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1893, making it the world’s most active volcano, according to the USGS.1 month ago Popular Science
This year in July, property rent prices hit record-breaking numbers in most of the states in the US. ADVERTISEMENTWhat’s happening here is that instead of a person deciding the rent, there is an algorithm suggesting rent prices on the YieldStar app to the landlords. Apparently, the algorithm is suggesting higher prices than what landlords would normally ask for, pushing prices up in a way that may seem unfair to the tenants. If everybody knows what others are charging, big property giants would collectively decide on property rents, leaving no scope for tenants or small property agents to have their say. For now, we can neither deny nor be dead sure if YieldStar is manipulating rent to favor the landlords.3 months ago ZME Science
Third-party tracking cookies, on the other hand, are the kind of cookies that privacy experts are most concerned about. Combined with other kinds of tracking, they allow companies and data brokers to create incredibly detailed profiles of your online activities. To counter this, Kim suggests using Firefox which has Total Cookie Protection—a special browser mode that silos cookies to prevent third-party tracking cookies following you around the web—enabled by default. Safari blocks all cross-site tracking, including cookies, by default with a feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Brave, Opera, and the new DuckDuckGo browser all use similar strategies to block third-party cookies while still allowing websites to function normally.3 months ago Popular Science
Joshua Miller and Carl Simpson pointed out that environmental DNA cannot be used to establish timelines. They found evidence of a mobile beak evolving before a mass extinction 66 million years ago. In technology news, a team at Cornell University created a computer program that can read drawings and handwriting, and convert it to computer code. And a team at Technische Universität Dresden created perovskite-based phase heterojunction solar cells, which should make photovoltaic devices more efficient. The noninvasive therapy was found to improve working memory in up to 25% of people tested.1 month ago Science X