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Flushing a public toilet? Don't linger, because aerosolized droplets do

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 15:55
Researchers measured droplets generated from flushing a toilet and a urinal in a public restroom and found a substantial increase in the measured aerosol levels in the ambient environment with the total number of droplets generated in each flushing test ...

Little Foot fossil shows early human ancestor clung closely to trees

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 15:24
A long-awaited, high-tech analysis of the upper body of famed fossil 'Little Foot' opens a window to a pivotal period when human ancestors diverged from apes, new USC research shows. Little Foot's shoulder assembly proved key to interpreting an early ...

Gov. Ivey awards money to help victims of domestic, sexual assault

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 15:08
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Governor Ivey is awarding $214,500 in grants to four different agencies in North Alabama that help with domestic violence and sexual assault. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is giving out the funds ...

JCU Associate Professor Eric Roberts part of tyrannosaur study finds new evidence of social behaviours

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 15:02
A RESEARCH group has discovered evidence that a dinosaur famed as a solitary predator could have been more social than once thought. James Cook University Associate Professor Eric Roberts, who is based in Townsville, was part of the team to examine ...

Covid-19: Suicide rate 'did not rise during first lockdown'

Health News BBC - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:43
More people were seeking mental health support, but data shows no increase in suicides in England.

Highly contagious rabbit disease concerns South Carolina wildlife officials

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:27
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW) — Officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are concerned about a rabbit disease that affects wild and domestic rabbits and is nearly always fatal. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus-2 (RHDV2) is a highly contagious ...

Mars: How Ingenuity helicopter made the first flight on another planet

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:23
Your helicopter rises, hovers, then at the next command moves forward. Oops, it didn't go high enough. You quickly move the joystick and the drone rises to fly above the obstruction. Finally it's in the air, moving at speed above sand dunes, hills and valleys— ...

Brain-on-a-chip would need little training

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:21
A neural network that mimics the biology of the brain can be loaded onto a microchip for faster and more efficient artificial intelligence. A biomimicking "spiking" neural network on a microchip has enabled KAUST researchers to lay the foundation for ...

Freshwater salt pollution threatens ecosystem and human water security

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:04
From time-series data collected over 25 years, the researchers quantified the contributions of three salinity sources—highly treated wastewater and outflows from two rapidly urbanizing watersheds in Northern Virginia—to the rising concentration of sodium, a ...

Will Probiotics Save Corals or Harm Them?

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:00
Manta rays and whitetip reef sharks glide past socially distanced visitors at Rio de Janeiro's hangar-sized AquaRio aquarium. In a laboratory upstairs, above the main gallery, a new experiment is underway, one that marine scientists hope will enhance the ...

One in Five American Adults Experience Chronic Pain, Limiting Daily Functioning and Productivity

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:00
Chronic pain is among the most common chronic conditions in the United States, but estimates of its prevalence and impact vary widely. In 2019, the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Researchers develop a new tool to design more complex DNA robots

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 13:47
The software enables researchers to design ways to take very small strands of DNA and combine them into complex structures with components such as rotors and hinges that can move to complete various tasks.

First meteor shower in more than 3 months peaks Wednesday night

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 13:47
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - We're about to put an end to the annual early year meteor shower drought as one of the more famous showers peaks Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. The Lyrids may not produce the number of meteors that the ...

Researchers find cause of degeneration in Lafora disease

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 13:45
Lafora disease is an inherited neurodegenerative disease which is initially developed with epileptic crises during adolescence and it evolves with a progressive degeneration of the nervous system until it causes death after ten years of its first onset.

Covid-19: India red list add 'may be too late', Prof Mark Walport says

Health News BBC - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 13:39
There are "good reasons" for keeping the new variant out of the UK, scientist Prof Mark Walport says.

Enormous Antarctic iceberg that became an internet star finally melts away

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:40
An enormous Antarctic iceberg whose journeys were probably the most well-documented in history has now melted away to nothing in the Atlantic ocean. A68 cracked off the Larsen C ice sheet on the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 as one of the biggest icebergs ...

Study Seeks to Track Changes in Microbial Diversity, Indicates Difficulties

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:11
The waning diversity of plants and animals have caused great concern yet with deep implications: Is such diversity in microbial life, such as viruses, under threat as well? If so, how fast is this decline, and in which direction? According to a paper written by Dr.

New software could enable the design of DNA robots for drug delivery

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:06
According to the scientists, tiny DNA-based robots and other nanodevices could be used to deliver medicine inside our bodies, detect the presence of deadly pathogens and help manufacture increasingly smaller electronics. The team unveiled ...

Tarantulas conquered Earth by spreading over a supercontinent, then riding its broken pieces across the ocean

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:00
Tarantulas, everyone's favorite hairy spiders, are found worldwide, inhabiting all continents except Antarctica. But how did they become so widespread? Females rarely leave their burrows, spiderlings stick close to where they hatch, and mature males only ...

Small NASA rocket will study boundary of interstellar space

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 11:53
For a few brief minutes, a suborbital rocket from NASA has an ambitious plan to seek out particles from interstellar space. A mission called Spatial Heterodyne Interferometric Emission Line Dynamics Spectrometer (SHIELDS) will lift off from the White Sands ...


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