Lockdown-Ignoring Sweden Now Has Nordic Europe’s Highest Per-Capita Death Rate and only 7.3% antibodies

Sweden’s death rate per million (376) “is far in advance of Norway’s (44), Denmark’s (96) and Finland’s (55) — countries with similar welfare systems and demographics, but which imposed strict lockdowns…” reports the Guardian, “raising concerns that the country’s light-touch approach to the coronavirus may not be helping it build up broad immunity.” “According to Read more about Lockdown-Ignoring Sweden Now Has Nordic Europe’s Highest Per-Capita Death Rate and only 7.3% antibodies[…]

Scientists break the link between a quantum material’s spin and orbital states

In designing electronic devices, scientists look for ways to manipulate and control three basic properties of electrons: their charge; their spin states, which give rise to magnetism; and the shapes of the fuzzy clouds they form around the nuclei of atoms, which are known as orbitals. Until now, electron spins and orbitals were thought to Read more about Scientists break the link between a quantum material’s spin and orbital states[…]

Gigantic new 3D map traces every neuron in a tiny mouse brain | Live Science

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to neuroscience, have been painstakingly recording every brain cell and every connection between those neurons in mice for the past several years. The result represents major progress since an earlier, simpler map they released in 2016. The now-complete map encompasses about 100 million Read more about Gigantic new 3D map traces every neuron in a tiny mouse brain | Live Science[…]

Iceland Has Tested 13% of Its Population for Coronavirus. They have days with 0 deaths. Here’s What It Found

Iceland’s testing yielded new leads for scientists about how the virus behaves. Early results suggested 0.6 percent of the population were “silent carriers” of the disease with no symptoms or only a mild cough and runny nose. Preliminary research suggests one-third of those who tested positive at deCODE infected someone around them, providing evidence that Read more about Iceland Has Tested 13% of Its Population for Coronavirus. They have days with 0 deaths. Here’s What It Found[…]

ESO Telescope Sees Star Dance Around Supermassive Black Hole, Proves Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way moves just as predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Its orbit is shaped like a rosette and not like an ellipse as predicted by Newton’s Read more about ESO Telescope Sees Star Dance Around Supermassive Black Hole, Proves Einstein’s Theory of Relativity[…]

A Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Cancer, TBC, Is Inspiring New Research Into Diagnosis

For most of her life, Joy Milne had a superpower that she was totally oblivious to. She simply had no idea she possessed an utterly amazing, slightly terrifying biological gift that scientists would itch to study. In fact, Joy probably would have stayed oblivious if it hadn’t been for her husband, Les Milne. […] But Read more about A Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Cancer, TBC, Is Inspiring New Research Into Diagnosis[…]

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

A team led by UC Riverside geologists has discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most familiar animals today, including humans. The tiny, wormlike creature, named Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and back, two symmetrical sides, and openings at either end connected by a gut. The Read more about Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils[…]

Scientists have discovered the origins of the building blocks of life

Rutgers researchers have discovered the origins of the protein structures responsible for metabolism: simple molecules that powered early life on Earth and serve as chemical signals that NASA could use to search for life on other planets. Their study, which predicts what the earliest proteins looked like 3.5 billion to 2.5 billion years ago, is Read more about Scientists have discovered the origins of the building blocks of life[…]

Engineers rediscover electric control of atomic nuclius, get it working. Means easy quantum computer control among other things.

A happy accident in the laboratory has led to a breakthrough discovery that not only solved a problem that stood for more than half a century, but has major implications for the development of quantum computers and sensors.In a study published today in Nature, a team of engineers at UNSW Sydney has done what a Read more about Engineers rediscover electric control of atomic nuclius, get it working. Means easy quantum computer control among other things.[…]

Scientists Find The First-Ever Animal That Doesn’t Need Oxygen to Survive

Scientists have just discovered that a jellyfish-like parasite doesn’t have a mitochondrial genome – the first multicellular organism known to have this absence. That means it doesn’t breathe; in fact, it lives its life completely free of oxygen dependency. This discovery isn’t just changing our understanding of how life can work here on Earth – Read more about Scientists Find The First-Ever Animal That Doesn’t Need Oxygen to Survive[…]

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence. The drug works in a different way to existing antibacterials and is the first of its kind to be found by setting AI loose on vast digital libraries of pharmaceutical compounds. […] “I think Read more about Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time[…]

People Are Killing Puppy Clones That Don’t Come Out ‘Perfect’ – wait you can clone your puppy?!

This is a hugely holier than thou article written by a strident anti-abortionist, but it’s quite interesting in that a) you can clone your puppy commercially and b) it’s absolutely not a perfected science. You have five days after your pet dies to extract its genetic material for cloning, according to the Seoul-based Sooam Biotech Read more about People Are Killing Puppy Clones That Don’t Come Out ‘Perfect’ – wait you can clone your puppy?![…]

Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal 80% decline in number of insects in last decade

Two scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades. The research adds to growing evidence of what some scientists have called an “insect apocalypse”, which is threatening a collapse in the natural world that sustains humans and all life on Read more about Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal 80% decline in number of insects in last decade[…]

Antarctica Just Set a New Temperature Record

It’s positively balmy in Antarctica. The National Meteorological Service of Argentina announced on Twitter that its Esperanza weather station recorded a new high for the continent: 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit). The previous temperature record for Antarctica was set on March 24, 2015, when this same weather station recorded 17.5 degrees Celsius (63.5 degrees Read more about Antarctica Just Set a New Temperature Record[…]

Lab-Grown Heart Muscles Have Been Transplanted Into a Human For The First Time

On Monday, researchers from Japan’s Osaka University announced the successful completion of a first-of-its-kind heart transplant. Rather than replacing their patient’s entire heart with a new organ, these researchers placed degradable sheets containing heart muscle cells onto the heart’s damaged areas – and if the procedure has the desired effect, it could eventually eliminate the Read more about Lab-Grown Heart Muscles Have Been Transplanted Into a Human For The First Time[…]

Body movement is achieved by molecular motors. A new ‘molecular nano-patterning’ technique allows us to study these motors, reveals that some motors coordinate differently

Body movement, from the muscles in your arms to the neurons transporting those signals to your brain, relies on a massive collection of proteins called molecular motors. Fundamentally, molecular motors are proteins that convert chemical energy into mechanical movement, and have different functions depending on their task. However, because they are so small, the exact Read more about Body movement is achieved by molecular motors. A new ‘molecular nano-patterning’ technique allows us to study these motors, reveals that some motors coordinate differently[…]

Turns out that RNA affects DNA in multiple ways. Genes don’t just send messages to RNA which then direct proteins to do stuff.

Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design. […] The picture many of us Read more about Turns out that RNA affects DNA in multiple ways. Genes don’t just send messages to RNA which then direct proteins to do stuff.[…]

Immune cell which kills most cancers discovered by accident by Welsh scientists in major breakthrough 

A new type of immune cell which kills most cancers has been discovered by accident by British scientists, in a finding which could herald a major breakthrough in treatment. Researchers at Cardiff University were analysing blood from a bank in Wales, looking for immune cells that could fight bacteria, when they found an entirely new Read more about Immune cell which kills most cancers discovered by accident by Welsh scientists in major breakthrough […]

Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests

River flow is reduced in areas where forests have been planted and does not recover over time, a new study has shown. Rivers in some regions can completely disappear within a decade. This highlights the need to consider the impact on regional water availability, as well as the wider climate benefit, of tree-planting plans. “Reforestation Read more about Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests[…]

Ultrafast camera takes 1 trillion frames per second of transparent objects and phenomena, can photograph light pulses

A little over a year ago, Caltech’s Lihong Wang developed the world’s fastest camera, a device capable of taking 10 trillion pictures per second. It is so fast that it can even capture light traveling in slow motion. But sometimes just being quick is not enough. Indeed, not even the fastest camera can take pictures Read more about Ultrafast camera takes 1 trillion frames per second of transparent objects and phenomena, can photograph light pulses[…]

A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say

A huge trash-collecting system designed to clean up plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is finally picking up plastic, its inventor announced Wednesday. The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as “ghost nets,” to tiny microplastics Read more about A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say[…]