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  • Apple AirTags: What are they and when are they coming?
    Apple does a lot to help us find misplaced iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads, and rumors strongly suggest that Apple is currently working on a Tile-like device that will allow us to find other items as well. Here’s everything we know so far.The latest rumor: AirTags referenced in Apple support video Apple isn’t trying too hard to hide the existence of AirTags. In April of 2020, Apple uploaded a support video to its YouTube account showing how to erase an iPhone. At roughly the 1:43 mark in the video—which has since been pulled—Apple shows how to turn off Find My iPhone, and in doing so revealed a toggle for turning off the feature “Enable Offline Finding.” In the feature’s own words, “Offline finding enables this device and AirTags to be found when not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular.” The video was originally spotted by Appleosophy.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Intel’s new ‘Comet Lake-H’ chips are suited for the 16-inch MacBook Pro
    Apple has not announced an upgrade to the 16-inch MacBook Pro released late last year. But when it does sometime down the road, it’s likely to include the new CPU that Intel just announced. The “10th Gen Intel Core-H Series,” as it is officially named (or “Comet Lake-H” as the hardware enthusiasts call it) will offer clock speeds over 5GHz.Intel calls it the “world’s fastest mobile processor” and it’s the latest salvo in a growing battle between Intel and AMD in the laptop market. Apple has stuck with Intel chips for years and, assuming that continues, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is likely to get an upgrade to these processors later this year. Here’s what you can expect.To read this article in full, please click here
  • The new $35 Blink Mini indoor camera is Blink’s least expensive cam yet
    Coming later this month, the diminutive Blink Mini is set to compete with such budget security cams as the $20 Wyze Cam v2.
  • How to stop iPhone videos from turning into a blurry mess on Android phones (and vice versa)
    Sadly, our friends don’t all have iPhones. That means some of our Message chats are peppered with green bubbles and send over regular SMS instead of via Apple’s ultra-fast iMessage system. But it’s not just the color and speed that makes iMessage superior: it’s also the clarity and downright watchability when dealing with videos.If you thought the latest Game of Thrones episode was hard to see, clearly you’ve never sent a video from Messages on your iPhone to a friend with an Android phone. If they responded with something like, “What is this?!”, it probably wasn’t because of the content—it’s because they could barely see what was going on in the clip. By the time it reached their device, the video is a blurry, garbled mess. That carefully edited HD clip you took on your new iPhone was reduced to an unwatchable sludge once it reached your friend’s phone. And the same is true of the videos they send you.To read this article in full, please click here
  • ATSC 3.0 could usher in a new kind of TV bundle for cord-cutters
    An ATSC 3.0 broadcaster aims to sell 80 over-the-air channels for under $50 per month.
  • A close look at the MacBook Air
    Apple’s new MacBook Air is here. We put it through its paces, and we talk about Apple latest laptop on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.This is episode 692 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.Listen to episode 692 To read this article in full, please click here
  • How to make sure the Play/Pause button works on your Mac
    At one point in macOS history, if you had a Play/Pause button on your keyboard, it kept “focus” on whatever the last music app you used was. Then Apple broadened that to include anything with a music player. You could be in iTunes and use the keyboard to pause playback, then switch to YouTube in a browser, press play, and the keyboard would help you play and pause there, too.Or at least most of the time. In my experience and that of many people who post about it, the last music player isn’t always tracked well. That’s especially the case if you close a window in a browser that had a video or audio player in it, and then press the Play/Pause button.To read this article in full, please click here
  • How to make Group FaceTime calls on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac
    Video conferencing is bigger than it’s even been now that we’re all keeping our distance from one another, and with Group FaceTime, Apple has an appealing option of its own—provided everyone on the call has either an iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you’ve been put off by all the iffy privacy decisions being made by popular alternatives like Zoom, this should come as an especially welcome alternative.It’s free, it’s really easy to set up, and Apple even allows a whopping 32 people to take part in a single FaceTime call. Here’s how to do it.How to make a Group FaceTime call through the FaceTime app We’ll start here since this is the easiest way to start a FaceTime chat with a lot of people, especially if you’ve never called or chatted with them through Messages before. These instructions are for iOS and iPadOS, but we’ve also included instructions for macOS afterward.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Blurams Outdoor Pro review: an affordable outdoor security camera with excellent AI features
    With strong human detection and facial recognition that trumps bigger camera brands, the Blurams Outdoor Pro is a great (and affordable) security camera.
  • Best online tax-filing software 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer compared
    Online tax-filing programs can help you file your taxes with the IRS, easily and conveniently, and in some cases, for free.
  • The best wireless chargers for iPhone
    Beginning with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple added wireless charging to the iPhone. That continued with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR and now the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Essentially, every new iPhone since the fall of 2017 supports wireless charging.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Apple Card: April Payments can be deferred, interest-free
    Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it.Updated 04/01/20: Apple Card users can now defer their April payments.The latest: April payments can be deferred Holders of the Apple Card can defer their April payment. This is in response to the "financial pressure from economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," according to Bloomberg. Apple and Goldman Sachs had the same offer for March payments. To read this article in full, please click here
  • The Ring Doorbox is revealed, but what is it for?
    The leaked Ring Doorbox looks like it may be for securing a key, but would the key unlock a door, a package box, or something else?
  • Apple TV+ originals: Apple releases the trailer for Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
    Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Killed by Apple: Dark Sky isn't alone in Cupertino's Android app graveyard
    Apple, please stop buying our favorite Android apps and killing them.
  • Sony’s new mid-range Bluetooth headphones let you install either Alexa or Google Assistant
    The $200 WH-CH710N headset boasts active noise cancellation; Sony also announced the $130 WF-XB700 true wireless earbuds.
  • iPad at 10: Some things never change
    It was “a wholly new product,” a “futuristic gadget the likes of which we’ve never seen before” that would somehow “soon be viewed with the same nostalgia-tinged contempt we have for the original iPod and iPhone.” After months of debate and speculation in the aftermath of its announcement, ten years ago this week the original iPad arrived and I finally got to review it.Anniversaries are an opportunity to look back in time and ponder how much has changed. I’m happy to report that despite spending a bit too much time dewlling on how the iPad didn’t run Flash, my review from April 2010 does a pretty good job of encapsulating the potential of that original iPad. Re-reading that review today also reminds me that we’re still debating a lot of the same issues that the iPad brought up when it was introduced. The more things change, the more they stay the same.To read this article in full, please click here
  • How to use your iPhone as a webcam for video conferencing and virtual meetings
    Just because you’re working from home now doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to meetings. And just because you don’t have a spare webcam around doesn’t mean you need to peel back the tape that’s covering your laptop’s camera—as long as you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can easily turn it into a makeshift webcam.There are a few different apps you can use, but we recommend Kinoni’s EpocCam Webcam. Not only is it easy to set up, but the free version with ads and occasional watermarking works with both Mac and PC (iVCam is a good option if you’re using Windows). Any iOS device that’s running iOS 10.3 or later will work, so even if you have an old iPhone 5 or iPad mini 2 in a drawer, it’ll work.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro review: Sophisticated front-door security—for a price
    This is the best video doorbell we’ve tested, but not everyone will want the professionally installed and monitored smart home/home security system that it's part of.
  • Braven BVR-XXL/2 Bluetooth speaker review: Gigantor lays down the beat
    If you appreciate volume, thump, and durability in a speaker, the Braven BVR-XXL/2 should be at the top of your short list. It's IPX5 rated, sounds good for the weatherized category, and even features a magnetic bottle opener.
  • Apple acquires Dark Sky weather app
    Apple has acquired the much-loved weather app Dark Sky.One of the first weather services to use machine learning to make very local and very timely weather predictions, Dark Sky has been a feature on just about every “best weather apps” list since its release back in 2012.What started as a successful Kickstarter project grew into a global weather prediction service used by dozens of apps. Less than a decade later, Dark Sky has announced in a blog post that it has been acquired by Apple.To read this article in full, please click here
  • iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 first developer beta is now available
    Having just released iOS and iPadOS 13.4 on March 24, with big new features like trackpad and mouse support for iPads and iCloud folder sharing, Apple is moving on to its next minor release.For some reason, the company has skipped over iOS 13.4.1 through 13.4.4 and gone right to iOS 13.4.5. That doesn’t mean we won’t see those minor point-releases, only that if we do, we can expect them to be such minor bug or security fixes that Apple would directly release them without an external beta test. We may not see any other significant releases beyond 13.4.5—Apple has never gone to a point-five release in the past. After this, it's likely on to iOS and iPadOS 14 beta testing.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Spotify Kids beta app finally arrives in U.S., Canada, and France
    Available for months in other territories, the family-friendly Spotify Kids music app is making its stateside debut.
  • Fitbit launches the Charge 4 with built-in GPS, few other reasons to upgrade
    In a world where I wasn’t confined to my home, this article would be filled with my impressions of Fitbit’s latest fitness tracker, the Charge 4. I would have written about the feel of it on my wrist, the responsiveness of the display, and tested the new Spotify integration that brings playback controls to a Fitbit tracker for the first time.But it's possible that those features wouldn’t have added all that much to my impressions of the device. You see, on the outside, the Fitbit Charge 4 is identical to the Fitbit Charge 3, with an inductive button, 1.36-inch display, and swappable band system. Even the $150 price tag remains. The only  visible thing that’s changed is the color: Instead of rose gold, Fitbit now offers a “rosewood” color that’s something of a cross between dark magenta and a deep red wine.To read this article in full, please click here
  • How YubiKey Bio could make remote security concerns a thing of the past
    Yubico will soon be launching its first biometric-powered security key, and in our new work-from-home world, it could be the way of the future.
  • MacBook Air (2020) review: More bang for your buck
    The MacBook Air is Apple’s best-loved and best-selling laptop. It’s thin, light, powerful enough for most people, and it’s the least expensive option in Apple’s laptop lineup.Apple finally brought the MacBook Air into the modern Mac era in 2018 with the addition of USB-C, Touch ID, a Retina display, and the removal of MagSafe and USB-A. But that laptop also ditched the old scissor-switch keyboard for the much-maligned butterfly keyboard, and boosted the starting price to $1,199 without giving you more storage.In 2019, Apple knocked $100 off the price and added True Tone to the display, but that was it. It’s a fine laptop, but not a particularly good deal. This year, with faster processors, double the starting storage, the new Magic Keyboard, and a $999 starting price, the MacBook Air is back to being the great deal it was before.To read this article in full, please click here
  • The iPhone buying conundrum: Outlook hazy
    Let us begin this week’s column with a very clear disclaimer: in the times we currently find ourselves stuck in—possibly through some accident involving a warp bubble or rift in the space/time continuum—wondering when you’re going to get a new smartphone is not a critical thought experiment. Let us consider it instead a diversion from having to think about [gestures to everything] rather than an activity that is currently mission-critical. Assuming you already have a smartphone and it’s not on its last legs, you’ll be fine.Consider The Macalope’s position. His beloved iPhone SE is four years old… [checks watch]… nnnnNOW. Isn’t it adorable? They grow up so fast.To read this article in full, please click here
  • ADT Blue Indoor Camera review: Watches for intruders, listens for alarms
    The Blue Indoor Camera is a DIY home-security cam from ADT that will alert you should it hear a CO2 or smoke alarm going off.
  • iSmartgate Pro review: This smart garage door opener fails to deliver on its big promises
    This garage door controller is difficult to install, and suffers significant problems, including frequent disconnects.
  • The best smart garage door controllers deliver convenience and peace of mind
    Even if you use your garage only as an oversized storage locker, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a smart controller for your existing garage door opener.


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  • Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues
    An international team has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts.
  • A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp
    Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state and changed its magnetic properties. The technique can be used to study and design a broad range of materials for use in things like sensors and detectors.
  • COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promise, research shows
    Scientists have announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. When tested in mice, the vaccine -- delivered through a fingertip-sized patch -- produces antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralizing the virus.
  • The facial expressions of mice
    Researchers have described different emotional facial expressions for mice. Similar to humans, the face of a mouse looks completely different when it tastes something sweet or bitter, or when it becomes anxious. With this new possibility to render the emotions of mice measurable, neurobiologists can now investigate the basic mechanisms of how emotions are generated and processed in the brain.
  • Smaller scale solutions needed for rapid progress towards emissions targets
    Low-carbon technologies that are smaller scale, more affordable, and can be mass deployed are more likely to enable a faster transition to net-zero emissions, according to a new study. Innovations ranging from solar panels to electric bikes also have lower investment risks, greater potential for improvement in both cost and performance, and more scope for reducing energy demand -- key attributes that will help accelerate progress on decarbonization.
  • Using chemistry to unlock the difference between cold- and hot-brew coffee
    Cold brew may be the hottest trend in coffee-making, but not much is known about how this process alters the chemical characteristics of the beverage. Now, scientists report that the content of potentially health-promoting antioxidants in coffee brewed without heat can differ significantly from a cup of joe prepared the traditional way, particularly for dark roasts.
  • Giant umbrellas shift from convenient canopy to sturdy storm shield
    In a new approach to storm surge protection, a team has created a preliminary design for dual-purpose kinetic umbrellas that would provide shade during fair weather and could be tilted in advance of a storm to form a flood barrier. The researchers used computational modeling to begin evaluating the umbrellas' ability to withstand an acute storm surge.
  • What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires
    A synthesis study looks at how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. The authors also suggest how managers and individual landowners in different ecosystems can best prepare.
  • Potential of using psychedelic drugs in psychiatry
    Before they were banned about a half century ago, psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin showed promise for treating conditions including alcoholism and some psychiatric disorders. Researchers say it's time for regulators, scientists, and the public to 'revisit drugs that were once used but fell out of use because of political machinations, especially the war on drugs.'
  • Whooping cranes form larger flocks as wetlands are lost -- and it may put them at risk
    Over the past few decades, the endangered whooping crane (Grus Americana) has experienced considerable recovery. However, researchers found that habitat loss has led whooping cranes to gather in unusually large groups during migration. While larger groups are a positive sign of species recovery, the authors say that a disease outbreak or extreme weather event could inadvertently impact this still fragile population.
  • Our oceans are suffering, but we can rebuild marine life
    It's not too late to rescue global marine life, according to a study outlining the steps needed for marine ecosystems to recover from damage by 2050. The study found many components of marine ecosystems could be rebuilt if we try harder to address the causes of their decline.
  • Fourth new pterosaur discovery in matter of weeks
    You wait ages for a pterosaur and then four come along at once. Hot on the heels of a recent paper discovering three new species of pterosaur, palaeobiologists have identified another new species -- the first of its kind to be found on African soil.
  • Six decades of change in plankton communities
    New research shows that some species have experienced a 75% population decrease in the past 60 years, while others are more than twice as abundant due to rises in sea surface temperatures.
  • Climate disasters increase risks of armed conflicts: New evidence
    The risk for violent clashes increases after weather extremes such as droughts or floods hit people in vulnerable countries, an international team of scientists finds. Vulnerable countries are characterized by a large population, political exclusion of particular ethnic groups, and low development. The study combines global statistical analysis, observation data and regional case study assessments to yield new evidence for policy-makers.
  • Discovery of life in solid rock deep beneath sea may inspire new search for life on Mars
    Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have provided clues about how to find life on Mars. These bacteria were discovered living in tiny cracks inside volcanic rocks after researchers perfected a new method cutting rocks into ultrathin slices to study under a microscope. Researchers estimate that the rock cracks are home to a community of bacteria as dense as that of the human gut, about 10 billion bacterial cells per cubic centimeter.
  • Understanding how the protein tau moves between neurons yields insight into possible treatments for neurodegenerative diseases
    In the fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer's and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the tau protein is a major culprit. Found abundantly in our brain cells, tau is normally a team player -- it maintains structure and stability within neurons, and it helps with transport of nutrients from one part of the cell to another.
  • New CT scoring criteria for timely diagnosis, treatment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
    Updated CT scoring criteria that considers lobe involvement, as well as changes in CT findings (i.e., ground-glass opacity, crazy-paving pattern, and consolidation), could quantitatively and accurately evaluate the progression of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia, according to a new article.
  • Homo naledi juvenile remains offers clues to how our ancestors grew up
    A partial skeleton of Homo naledi represents a rare case of an immature individual, shedding light on the evolution of growth and development in human ancestry, according to a study.
  • Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms
    A new study reinforces the concept that Neanderthal DNA has been woven into the modern human genome on multiple occasions as our ancestors met Neanderthals time and again in different parts of the world.
  • Global nuclear medicine community shares COVID-19 strategies and experiences
    In an effort to provide safer working environments for nuclear medicine professionals and their patients, clinics across five continents have shared their approaches to containing the spread of COVID-19. This compilation of strategies, experiences and precautions is intended to support nuclear medicine clinics as they make decisions regarding patient care.
  • Fish have diverse, distinct gut microbiomes
    The rich biodiversity of coral reefs even extends to microbial communities within fish, according to new research. The study reports that several important grazing fish on Caribbean coral reefs each harbor a distinct microbial community within their guts, revealing a new perspective on reef ecology.
  • Understanding brain tumors in children
    The causes of 40% of all cases of certain medulloblastomas -- dangerous brain tumors affecting children -- are hereditary. A genetic defect that occurs in 15% of these children plays a key role by destabilizing the production of proteins. The researchers suspect that protein metabolism defects could be a previously underestimated cause of other types of cancer.
  • Scientists see energy gap modulations in a cuprate superconductor
    Scientists studying high-Tc superconductors have definitive evidence for the existence of a state of matter known as a pair density wave -- first predicted by theorists some 50 years ago. Their results show that this phase coexists with superconductivity in a well-known bismuth-based copper-oxide superconductor.
  • Traces of ancient rainforest in Antarctica point to a warmer prehistoric world
    Researchers have found evidence of rainforests near the South Pole 90 million years ago, suggesting the climate was exceptionally warm at the time.
  • How dopamine drives brain activity
    Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor that can track dopamine levels, neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences distant brain regions.
  • Blocking the iron transport could stop tuberculosis
    The bacteria that cause tuberculosis need iron to survive. Researchers have now solved the first detailed structure of the transport protein responsible for the iron supply. When the iron transport into the bacteria is inhibited, the pathogen can no longer grow. This opens novel ways to develop targeted tuberculosis drugs.
  • Elephant welfare can be assessed using two indicators
    In two new studies, scientists have investigated how to measure stress in semi-captive working elephants. The studies suggest that both physiological and behavioral approaches can be used to reliably assess the well-being of semi-captive Asian elephants.
  • About the distribution of biodiversity on our planet
    Large open-water fish predators such as tunas or sharks hunt for prey more intensively in the temperate zone than near the equator. With this result, a study is challenging a long-standing explanation for the distribution of biodiversity on our planet.
  • Spina bifida surgery before birth restores brain structure
    Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, new research has discovered.
  • Models explain changes in cooking meat
    Mathematicians show that by modelling meat as a fluid-saturated matrix of elastic proteins, which are deformed as the fluid moves, cooking behaviors can be simulated more precisely.
  • Stable perovskite LEDs one step closer
    Researchers have developed a perovskite light-emitting diode (LED) with both high efficiency and long operational stability.
  • Surprising hearing talents in cormorants
    The great cormorant has more sensitive hearing under water than in air. This new knowledge may help protect vulnerable bird species.
  • Plant disease primarily spreads via roadsides
    A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily spreads via roadsides because traffic raises the spores found on roadsides efficiently into the air.
  • Oldest ever human genetic evidence clarifies dispute over our ancestors
    Genetic information from an 800,000-year-old human fossil has been retrieved for the first time. The results shed light on one of the branching points in the human family tree, reaching much further back in time than previously possible.
  • Uncertain climate future could disrupt energy systems
    Scientists have published a new study proposing an optimization methodology for designing climate-resilient energy systems and to help ensure that communities will be able to meet future energy needs given weather and climate variability.
  • The candy-cola soda geyser experiment, at different altitudes
    Dropping Mentos® candies into a bottle of soda causes a foamy jet to erupt. Although science fair exhibitors can tell you that this geyser results from rapid degassing of the beverage induced by the candies, the precise means by which bubbles form hasn't been well characterized. Now, researchers have used experiments in the lab and at various altitudes to probe the mechanism of bubble nucleation.
  • Animal camouflage: Natural light flicker can help prevent detection
    Movement breaks camouflage, making it risky for anything trying to hide. New research has shown that dynamic features common in many natural habitats, such as moving light patterns, can reduce being located when moving.
  • Climate change may be making migration harder by shortening nightingales' wings
    The Common Nightingale, known for its beautiful song, breeds in Europe and parts of Asia and migrates to sub-Saharan Africa every winter. A new study suggests that natural selection driven by climate change is causing these iconic birds to evolve shorter wings, which might make them less likely to survive their annual migration.
  • Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years
    Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes -- not to mention the impact that carbon released by human activity has on the planet's atmosphere and oceans. Despite this, the total amount of carbon on Earth remains a mystery, because much of it remains inaccessible in the planet's depths.
  • Smartphone videos produce highly realistic 3D face reconstructions
    Normally, it takes pricey equipment and expertise to create an accurate 3D reconstruction of someone's face. Now, researchers have pulled off the feat using video recorded on an ordinary smartphone. Shooting a continuous video of the front and sides of the face generates a dense cloud of data. A two-step process uses that data, with some help from deep learning algorithms, to build a digital reconstruction of the face.
  • The discovery of new compounds for acting on the circadian clock
    Scientists have succeeded in the discovery of novel compounds to lengthen the period of the circadian clock, and has shed light on their mechanisms of action.
  • AI finds 2D materials in the blink of an eye
    A research team has introduced a machine-learning algorithm that can scan through microscope images to find 2D materials like graphene. This work can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
  • Heavy drinking into older age adds 4 cm to waistline
    More than half of drinkers aged 59 and over have been heavy drinkers and this is linked to a significantly larger waistline and increased stroke risk, according to a new study.
  • Cooperative male dolphins match the tempo of each other's calls
    When it comes to working together, male dolphins coordinate their behavior just like us. New findings provide insight into the importance of physical and vocal coordination in alliance forming animals.
  • Infants introduced early to solid foods show gut bacteria changes that may portend future health risks
    Infants who were started on solid foods at or before three months of age showed changes in the levels of gut bacteria and bacterial byproducts, called short-chain fatty acids, measured in their stool samples, according to a new study.
  • Regular exercise benefits immunity -- even in isolation
    A new analysis highlights the power of regular, daily exercise on our immune system and the importance of people continuing to work-out even in lockdown.
  • Fast-tracking COVID-19 diagnostic, therapeutic solutions
    As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, scientists are working to move solutions to diagnose and treat the virus to the marketplace as soon as possible.
  • Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole
    Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as 'intermediate-mass,' which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that passed too close.
  • Caring for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic
    Scientists lay out guidelines and best practices for healthcare providers and family caregivers who are providing care for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 'Tequila' powered biofuels more efficient than corn or sugar
    Agave tequilana, the plant native to Mexico used to make tequila, could prove to be an efficient alternative to sugarcane and corn to make biofuels in semi-arid regions. This research is the first to look at the plants lifecycle and model the economics.
  • Where in the brain does creativity come from? Evidence from jazz musicians
    A new brain-imaging study has studied the brain activity of jazz guitarists during improvisation to show that creativity is, in fact, driven primarily by the right hemisphere in musicians who are comparatively inexperienced at improvisation. However, musicians who are highly experienced at improvisation rely primarily on their left hemisphere.
  • New quantum technology could help diagnose and treat heart condition
    The conductivity of living organs, such as the heart, could be imaged non-invasively using quantum technology, which has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation.
  • A new mechanism triggering cell death and inflammation: A left turn that kills
    Researchers describe their discovery of a new mechanism that could contribute to the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. The scientists found that ZBP1, a protein best known for defending against incoming viruses, is activated by sensing an unusual form of cellular genetic material (Z-nucleic acids), leading to cell death and inflammation.
  • Artificial intelligence can help some businesses but may not work for others
    The temptation for businesses to use artificial intelligence and other technology to improve performance, drive down labor costs, and better the bottom line is understandable. But before pursuing automation that could put the jobs of human employees at risk, it is important that business owners take careful stock of their operations.
  • Solving a medical mystery and changing CDC screenings for COVID-19
    UC Davis Health physicians and medical staff detail the diagnosis and treatment for first known case of community transmission of COVID-19 in the US. The case reveals how the patient's symptoms matched -- and sometimes varied from -- published studies of COVID-19 infection at the time.
  • Surfing the waves: Electrons break law to go with the flow
    Researchers measure how fluid changes the movement of electrons.
  • Cells must age for muscles to regenerate in muscle-degenerating diseases
    Exercise can only improve strength in muscle-degenerating diseases when a specific type of muscle cell ages, report researchers.
  • On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products
    Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon dioxide and water into organic molecules and oxygen. On Earth, such a biohybrid could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On Mars, it would provide colonists with raw material to manufacture organic compounds ranging from fuels to drugs. The efficiency is greater than the photosynthetic efficiency of most plants.
  • Ultrabright X-ray bursts reveal how plants respond to light within fraction of a second
    Scientists have revealed intricate structural changes in plants, fungi and bacteria in response to light, according to a new study.
  • Visual feedback enhances activation of muscle movement in response to bodily sensation
    Visual feedback is just as important as a sense of body position when it comes to the involuntary reflexes that activate muscle movement, says a new study.

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