Art and the Elegant Universe
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Using science and art together not only energized my studio practice, but it also changed the way I see our universe. I want to figure out a way to have the least amount of distance between the viewer and the art. I want to figure out a way to have the least amount of distance between the viewer and the art. My goal is to lure in science phobic people with handsome art, then blow their minds with cool science. My goal is to lure in science phobic people with handsome art, then blow their minds with cool science.

Vaccines Need Not Completely Stop COVID Transmission to Curb the Pandemic
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According to Dawn Bowdish, a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University, this so-called sterilizing immunity was a key factor in eliminating smallpox. “The [smallpox] vaccination caused sterilizing immunity, meaning that you don’t carry any of the virus. Sterilizing immunity may have been a lofty goal for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, though not necessary to curb disease. The oral polio vaccine (OPV) generates localized intestinal immunity, preventing infection and protecting against disease and transmission. But ample precedent points to vaccines driving successful containment of infectious diseases even when they do not provide perfectly sterilizing immunity.

How Elvis Got Americans to Accept the Polio Vaccine
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But despite the literally crippling effects of the virus and the promising results of the vaccination, many Americans simply weren’t getting vaccinated. What did prove successful was Elvis getting the vaccine in front of millions. Why might this be the case, and are there lessons that can be applied to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine? Elvis’s public act contained three crucial ingredients inherent to many of the most effective behavioral change campaigns: social influence, social norms and vivid examples. If only Elvis were still alive to harness social influence, social norms and vivid examples.

The Eyes Have It: Scientists 3-D Print Human Corneas
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3-D printing of human corneas may end wait times for people on transplant waiting lists. 3-D printing is a manufacturing process that creates a physical object from a digital design. Now, according to a paper published online on May 30, 2018 in the journal Experimental Eye Research, scientists are using 3-D printers to make human corneas — an advancement that could dramatically ease the shortage of corneas from donors. However, this promising 3-D printing technique may help people see better without the prolonged wait. That's where this new 3-D printing technique comes into play.

Laziness May Have Doomed This Human Ancestor
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\" \" Homo erectus specimen at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins ( CC By-SA 2.0 The reconstructed skull of aspecimen at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. About 20 human species have roamed this planet over the past 7 million years or so, and all but one — here's looking at you! As a species, Homo erectus might have gone extinct because it simply couldn't get its act together. According to Shipton, the sheer laziness of Homo erectus can be observed in the manner in which they made their tools.

How Often Should You Wash Your Bra?
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Although bras don't necessarily fall in the \"wash after every use\" category, like undies and socks, they do require more maintenance than they might be currently getting. Note, however, this does not mean a bra should be washed every three days. Wouldn't it be easier to just wear one for three days straight, then switch to the next bra? \"Bra maintenance is important because you need a bra in good condition to help keep your breasts perky,\" says breast health author Christine Egan in an email interview. But, however you wash, never put your bra in the dryer, say the experts.

People With Asthma, Hay Fever May Have Higher Risk of Psychiatric Disorders
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\" \" A new study found a link between asthma and hay fever and an increase in psychiatric illness. All told, they examined data for 139,941 people without any history of allergic diseases, as well as 46,647 people with problems like hay fever or asthma. AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the increased risk, it's obvious that hay fever and asthma don't doom a person to a psychiatric illness diagnosis. \"Therefore, I wanted to clarify whether these allergic diseases are associated with psychiatric disorders.\" Additionally, it's possible that the physical symptoms of hay fever and asthma could be made worse by the stress of psychiatric disorders.

Capicola: The Italian Dried Meat Tony Soprano Called 'Gabagool'
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\" \" Capicola, or capocollo, is an Italian cold cut traditionally made from the cured muscle of the neck and shoulder of the pig. Capicola – which is also referred to as capocollo and coppa – is made from pork shoulder. You take some pork shoulder, then add salt and various spices, such as coriander, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or paprika. Once you've seasoned the pork shoulder, place the meat in a natural casing, then tie it up and hang it to dry, preferably for about three months. The cured meat has a high fat content and is exceptionally salty.

Farm Protests in India Are Writing the Green Revolution’s Obituary
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The move enraged farmers—especially in the northwestern state of Punjab, an epicenter of the Green Revolution since the 1950s. After protesting in vain for two months, tens of thousands of Punjab farmers began a march to New Delhi in late November. In a broader perspective, however, this agitation is writing the obituary of the Green Revolution. Underlying this broad base of discontent is the failure of the Green Revolution. In short, the Green Revolution secured cheap cereals in exchange for justice and ecological sustainability.

How We Can Deal with 'Pandemic Fatigue'
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Public health experts term this phenomenon “pandemic fatigue” and cite it as a contributor to the increase in incidence rates being witnessed here and in Europe. Understanding pandemic fatigue is challenging because it is not one phenomenon and likely stems from several causes. However, pandemic fatigue also occurs for people who are ostensibly on board with societal attempts to control spread of the virus. Despite its name, pandemic fatigue in these cases is not really about exhaustion or tiredness or depleting a mental resource. One fundamental facet of pandemic fatigue is motivational in nature and is related to the demands life during a pandemic places on our systems for cognitive control and the mental effort costs this incurs.

Rainbow Chameleons Display True Colors When Courting
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\" \" A male of the new chameleon species Calumma uetzi flaunts his display colors. The visually striking highlight of the three new lizards is undoubtedly the Calumma uetzi, a chameleon with rainbow-colored stripes along its back and tail. Researchers have located only about a dozen of the third little chameleon, Calumma juliae. Although Madagascar is the fifth-largest island on Earth, rampant deforestation and habitat loss mean all three of these new chameleon species are threatened by extinction. In the meantime, researchers keep racing to document more fauna like these little lizards before they are lost forever.

Top 5 Best Mortgage Refinancing Companies of 2021 – HowStuffWorks Reviews Articles Search
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And since refinancing can get you a better, lower interest rate, it’s a very financially savvy perk for anyone who refinances. When you got your initial mortgage, you may have ended up with an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). Do Your Research Before You RefinanceAre you ready to reap the benefits of mortgage refinancing? A financially sound choice, refinancing can secure a lower interest rate and big savings over the course of the loan’s lifetime. Search for the best mortgage refinancing lenders and compare what they can offer you.

Indiana woman's viral video claims serious COVID-19 vaccine side effects, doctors dispute cause
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— To hear Shawn Skelton and her fiance tell it, the uncontrollable shaking and tongue spasms she suffered days after taking the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could only be a reaction to the shot. \"Three days later after the Moderna shot, this was the uncontrollable shakes,\" Skelton's fiance, Rich Vidiella, said from her hospital bedside Monday. \"To cause uncontrollable shaking, you'd have to have something that's — throughout your whole body, you'd have to have something that affects your brain or your nervous system,\" Haseman said. \"Nobody wants to point it toward the vaccine,\" Vidiella said. More:Hoosiers rush to register for COVID-19 vaccine in first hours; VCHD begins shot clinicsMore:COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in Evansville.

Poor Kids In Developing Nations Are Geting Fatter Too - Because Food Is More Affordable
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In 1975, four percent of school-age kids were overweight and the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration says that was up to 18 percent in 2016. The Obama Administration's \"Science Czar\", John Holdren, Ph.D, even co-authored a book with famed doomsday prophet Paul Ehrlich, Ph.D, outlining their concerns. That keeps food costs low, which overwhelmingly benefits the poor, who can then use that excess money to live better lives. Yet people with choices will often choose pleasure, including buying a hamburger instead of overpriced quinoa.Will eating traditional Shuar lunch items make you thinner? Image: Samuel UrlacherThe paper finds that consuming more calories makes the difference rather than having less exercise.

Resolving the Red Controversy?
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-Donkey, from ShrekEarlier this week, I introduced you to the Red Controversy, the observations recorded around 2000 years ago in Europe asserting that the star, Sirius, appeared red. The way most Sun-like stars work is that they burn their fuel until they're exhausted, and then they expand tremendously and become red giants. If Sirius B was a red giant 2000 years ago, then the Sirius system would have appeared extremely bright and red! If there were another, denser star close to Sirius B (such as a neutron star or black hole), it could start stealing mass from the Red Giant! This process could be extraordinarily quick, and could feasibly strip Sirius B bare in just a few thousand years, leaving behind a cold, dead, white-dwarf core.

Twitter Was Telling The World About COVID-19 When China Was Still Suppressing Information
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\"In hindsight, the evidence was there despite China rushing to suppress it, even telling the World Health Organisation to state that the disease could not be transmitted from human to human...or else. Anomalous evolution of pneumonia-related tweets posted across Europe since December 2019. (a) Cumulative rescaled number of tweets citing pneumonia from 10 December 2019 to 1 March 2020. They put paid environmental activists on panels to \"investigate\" chemicals their lawyers were suing companies about. Independent investigation like this, which shows value, will lead to the private sector creating better analysis tools specifically optimized for these kinds of events.

Astronomer Avi Loeb Says Aliens Have Visited, and He’s Not Kidding
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But for more than a decade he has also courted a more contentious subject—namely, space aliens, including how to find them. Scientific American spoke with Loeb about the book, his controversial hypothesis and why he believes science is in crisis. And most importantly, I don’t need to think about what’s wrong with all the things that other people say! Speaking of important things, here is one I think we both agree on: in science, we must keep each other honest. I don’t see the search for technological signatures any differently from the search for the nature of dark matter.

Scientists Need to Be Kinder to One Another
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One unanticipated consequence of the current pandemic is that many scientists are cutting one another some slack. The answers to these questions rest heavily on the peer-review process and, more specifically, on the critical processes of vetting scientific claims that peer review entails. Individual scientists do commit fraud and engage in sloppy and stupid practices, but peer review lets others point such problems out. Think of it as tough love: scientists take the time to review colleagues' work because they are committed to the production of reliable knowledge. But if we are on the receiving end, we need to dig deep and accept it, even (or especially) if it hurts.

EPA Races to Draft Interim Vehicle Standards for CO 2
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President Biden's EPA is expected to draft interim auto emissions standards based on an agreement last year between California and five car companies, according to sources following the matter. EPA is poised to unveil the interim standards and notify the auto industry by April 1. \"I'm convinced that they're going to adopt the California standards,\" said Margo Oge, the former head of EPA's transportation office under the Obama and Clinton administrations. That's less stringent than the clean car standards established by former President Obama, which mandated a 5% annual increase. If EPA says the California deal will become national in scope, the agency likely would do so before April 1, sources said.

Why Americans Celebrate Black History Month in February
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\" \" Black History Month has its roots in the celebration of Negro History Week, introduced in February 1926 as a way to honor the contributions of African-Americans throughout American history. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Father of Black HistoryWe owe the celebration of Black History Month to Woodson, who made it his life's work to increase public awareness of African-American history and culture. Known as the father of black history, this son of former slaves worked his way out of the Kentucky coal mines to became a Harvard-educated historian and journalist. In February 1926, he introduced the celebration of Negro History Week as a way to shine a light on the myriad contributions of black people throughout American history. Leaders of the Black United Students organization at Kent State University proposed expanding it to a month, and in 1970 they celebrated Black History Month for the first time on their campus.

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