Month: May 2021

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A heavily used group of pesticides, designed to kill insects upon contact, is also poisoning bee colonies. Scientists have discovered a way to deliver an antidote using pollen-like microparticles. The medicine is composed of a special enzyme that can break down certain groups of insecticides called organophosphates.   These insecticides pose a deadly threat, but if
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A “lost” letter written by Albert Einstein to a rival physicist recently sold to an anonymous collector for US$1.2 million at auction. The handwritten letter includes Einstein’s famous E=mc2 equation and is one of just four known examples of the equation in the physicist’s own handwriting, according to archivists from the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech and
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If you have an overreaction to ‘triggering’ sounds such as other people chewing or drumming their fingers, you probably have misophonia. Now, scientists have discovered a key brain connection responsible for setting it off.   The connection runs from the auditory cortex (the brain’s hearing center) to the orofacial motor cortex (controlling movement of the face,
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Almost 60 years after British nuclear tests ended, radioactive particles containing plutonium and uranium still contaminate the landscape around Maralinga in outback South Australia.   These “hot particles” are not as stable as we once assumed. Our research shows they are likely releasing tiny chunks of plutonium and uranium which can be easily transported in
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Prepare for some dark and stormy nights (and days). This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until November 30, will bring another wave of higher- than-average storm formation, following in the footsteps of 2020’s record-shattering season, according to the latest forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   On Thursday (May