Deep dive into key COVID-19 protein is step toward new drugs, vaccines

Researchers at Oregon State University have taken a key step toward new drugs and vaccines for combating COVID-19 with a detailed biophysical study of one protein's interactions with the SARS-CoV-2 genetic material; SARS CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. A U.S. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3xfplLg via IFTTT

Deep learning networks may prefer the human voice — as we do

The digital revolution is built on a foundation of binaries, invisible 1s and 0s called bits. The notion that computers prefer to "speak" in binary numbers is rarely questioned. According to new research from Columbia Engineering, that could be about to change. A new U.S. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3v9U7mT via IFTTT

Bacteria release more carbon from the ocean than previously thought

A team led by University of Minnesota researchers has discovered that deep-sea bacteria dissolve carbon-containing rocks, releasing excess carbon into the ocean and atmosphere. from Pocket https://ift.tt/2QHak40 via IFTTT

Flooding in Houston polluted reefs more than 100 miles offshore

Runoff from Houston's 2016 Tax Day flood and 2017's Hurricane Harvey flood carried human waste onto coral reefs more than 100 miles offshore in the Flower Garden Banks, according to U.S. National Science Foundation-funded research. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3tEhXXJ via IFTTT

A diversity of wildlife is good for human health

A growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity loss increases exposure to both new and established zoonotic pathogens. Restoring and protecting nature is essential to preventing future pandemics. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3szL6lw via IFTTT

How humans evolved a super-high cooling capacity

Humans have a uniquely high density of sweat glands embedded in their skin -- 10 times the density of chimpanzees and macaques. Now, researchers at Penn Medicine and other institutions have discovered how this distinctive, hyper-cooling trait evolved in the human genome. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3dzqd5D via IFTTT

Road salts are threatening world’s freshwater supplies

When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt, spreading it liberally over highways, streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3v05kGw via IFTTT

Caught speeding: Clocking the fastest-spinning brown dwarfs

Astronomers have discovered the most rapidly rotating brown dwarfs -- three brown dwarfs that each complete a full rotation roughly once every hour. The rate is so extreme that if they rotated any faster, they could come close to tearing apart. Brown dwarfs are, simply put, failed stars. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3ajCXLy via IFTTT

Weather surveillance radar data shows 45 million insects taking flight over brightly lit city

The expansion of artificial night lights globally has had important impacts on animal behavior and health. A new study led by researchers at the University of Oklahoma on the effects of bright city lights on grasshoppers appears in the journal Biology Letters. Elske Tielens is lead author. from Pocket https://ift.tt/2QnkZRg via IFTTT

New natural blue food coloring from red cabbage

A natural brilliant blue food coloring has been discovered by an international team of researchers including chemists at the University of California, Davis. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3sni4VQ via IFTTT

From stardust to pale blue dot: Carbon’s interstellar journey to Earth

We are made of stardust, the saying goes. U.S. National Science Foundation-funded research at the University of Michigan reveals that the statement may be more true than we thought. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3x5IgYW via IFTTT

Century-old problem solved with first-ever 3D atomic imaging of an amorphous solid

Glass, rubber and plastics all belong to a class of matter called amorphous solids. In spite of how common they are in our everyday lives, amorphous solids have long posed a challenge to scientists. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3uTiFAe via IFTTT

How the Chicxulub impact gave rise to modern rainforests

Tropical rainforests today are biodiversity hotspots and play an important role in the world's climate systems. A new U.S. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3g8rBOq via IFTTT

Thicker-leaved tropical plants may flourish under climate change

How plants will fare as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise is a tricky question and, researchers say, especially vexing in the tropics. Some aspects of plants' survival may get easier, some parts will get harder, and there will be winners and losers. from Pocket https://ift.tt/32hMFcN via IFTTT

Single day of competition in the wild is encoded in the brain

Fighting among social animals is common as they compete for the resources they need to survive and reproduce. A winner and a loser will inevitably result from these interactions, but do these challenges also leave an unseen, lasting mark? from Pocket https://ift.tt/3tg06py via IFTTT

Taking the vital signs of the global ocean with biogeochemical floats

As the researchers and crew aboard the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson continue to deploy biogeochemical floats in the western North Atlantic, the arrival of the first profile data marks an exciting step forward for the U.S. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3uOUvqR via IFTTT

First results from Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment strengthen evidence of new physics

The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory show fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way that is not predicted by scientists' best theory, the Standard Model of particle physics. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3e45QN5 via IFTTT

U.S. East Coast sea level rise in 20th century fastest in 2,000 years

The rate of sea level rise in the 20th century along much of the U.S. Atlantic coast was the fastest in 2,000 years, and southern New Jersey had the fastest rates, according to a Rutgers University-led study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. from Pocket https://ift.tt/2Q4quEg via IFTTT

Scientists report 6 novel variants in CRISPR-Cas12a in plants, expanding genome engineering

The research of plant scientist Yiping Qi at the University of Maryland focuses on innovative genome editing and engineering techniques in plants, with the goal of improving the efficiency of food production. The results of this U.S. from Pocket https://ift.tt/3dP3Qbh via IFTTT