Research Preview: Nature Magazine – Feb 23, 2023

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nature – February 23, 2023 issue:

Exercise triggers fat breakdown at some times of day and not others

Adipose tissue in mice dumps fat during early workouts rather than late ones.

Cities worldwide claw vast amounts of land from the sea

China, the United Arab Emirates and other countries are adding area by converting wetlands and shallow waters into solid land.

Genome editor tackles disease that can cause sudden death

Scientists repair a mutation that causes heart-muscle abnormalities and can kill without warning.


Design: MIT Technology Review – March/April 2023

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MIT Technology Review – March/April 2023:

Why the definition of design might need a change

When we unpack its current meaning, we may find that we want—and need—to retool the word yet again.

Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?

An approach that promised to democratize design may have done the opposite.

AI is dreaming up drugs that no one has ever seen. Now we’ve got to see if they work.

AI automation throughout the drug development pipeline is opening up the possibility of faster, cheaper pharmaceuticals.

Previews: New Scientist Magazine – Feb 25, 2023

ISSUE 3427 | MAGAZINE COVER DATE: 25 February 2023 | New Scientist

New Scientist – February 25, 2023 issue:

The amazing ways electricity in your body shapes you and your health

Your cells crackle with electric signals that guide embryonic development and heal wounds. If we can learn to tweak this “bioelectric code”, we might be able to prevent cancer and even grow new limbs

How AI chatbots in search engines will completely change the internet

Moves by Google, Microsoft and Baidu to bring AI chatbots into their search engines may bring big advantages, but they could also damage many industries and change the very way we interact with the web

Travel Tours: Cross River State In Southern Nigeria

DW Travel (February 22, 2023) – Follow Nigerian YouTuber Tayo Aina on his trip to the southern Nigerian state of Cross River! From spectacular waterfalls to the dark history of slave trade and brutal ancient traditions, Cross River state is truly a destination for adventurers!

Video timeline: 0:00 Intro 0:12 Calabar 0:43 Agbokim Waterfalls 2:10 Slave History Museum, Calabar 3:47 Pandrillus Drill Ranch 5:05 Mary Slessor House

Cross River State is a state in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Named for the Cross River, the state was formed from the eastern part of the Eastern Region on 27 May 1967.

Culture: Country Life Magazine – Feb 22, 2023

Country Life Magazine – February 22, 2023 issue:

Notes from an old master

Charlotte Mullins talks to Dutch Old Masters dealer Johnny van Haeften about Brexit, biscuits and the state of the art market

Beauty is in the eye of the brush holder

Michael Prodger explores the ugly face of art, complete with jutting jawlines, rubbery lips and potato-shaped noses

Go ahead, jump!

Traditionally a symbol of fertility and a fairy-tale prince, our frogs are facing an uncertain future, discovers Ian Morton

A cut above

A trio of British growers offers advice to Tiffany Daneff on how to start a cutting garden

The ‘firework’ master

The multitalented John Piper should be celebrated as one of the great polymaths of the 20th century, argues Peyton Skipwith

Travel Guides: The Best Places To Visit In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, island country lying in the Indian Ocean and separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait. It is located between latitudes 5°55′ and 9°51′ N and longitudes 79°41′ and 81°53′ E and has a maximum length of 268 miles (432 km) and a maximum width of 139 miles (224 km).

Sri Lanka

Proximity to the Indian subcontinent has facilitated close cultural interaction between Sri Lanka and India from ancient times. At a crossroads of maritime routes traversing the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has also been exposed to cultural influences from other Asian civilizations. Ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane. Arabs referred to it as Serendib. Later European mapmakers called it Ceylon, a name still used occasionally for trade purposes. It officially became Sri Lanka in 1972.

The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka, with roots that can be traced back to the 6th century BCE, is characterized by two factors: the preservation of Theravada Buddhism (the orthodox school of Buddhism having its literary traditions in the Pali language) and the development over two millennia of a sophisticated system of irrigation in the drier parts of the country. This civilization was further enriched by the influences of Hinduism and Islam.

Filmed and Edited by: Misk Travel Guide

Previews: The Guardian Weekly – February 24, 2023


The Guardian Weekly 24 February 2022 – exactly a year since the date of this week’s Guardian Weekly magazine – Vladimir Putin unleashed his brutal offensive on Ukraine. As our senior international affairs correspondent, Emma Graham-Harrison, wrote in the following day’s Guardian newspaper: “The continent awoke to the shock of scenes it once believed it had left in the 20th century: helicopters strafing homes outside the capital, long lines of tanks ploughing ever deeper towards Ukraine’s heartland, roads choked with refugees, and civilians huddled in underground stations to escape bombardment.”

Much has been written since then about the state of the war and how it might end, but this week we focus on a key plank of the west’s response: the wide-ranging economic sanctions against Moscow that it was hoped would throttle Putin’s war effort.

Reviews: Times Literary Supplement – Feb 24, 2023


Times Literary Supplement @TheTLS (February 24, 2023) features Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the US and the First World War; @SarahJLonsdale on Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby; @nicolaupsonbook on Josephine Tey; @MirandaFrance1 on the Condor trials; @cesca_peacock on Poets in Vogue – and more.

News: Putin Exits Nuclear Treaty, South Africa Hosts Russia Navy, Brazil Floods

February 22, 2023: We report on the international reaction to Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation speech, and why South Africa hosts maritime exercises involving Russia.

Plus: an update on the devastating floods in Brazil, the day’s technology news and a newspaper round-up.

Front Page: The New York Times – February 22, 2023


Biden Accuses Putin of Atrocities and Urges World to Rebuke Him

In sharply opposed speeches, President Biden said Vladimir V. Putin bore sole responsibility for the war, while Mr. Putin said Russia had invaded in self-defense. But they agreed the war would not end soon.

China’s Courtship of European Powers Hits a Russian Wall

Beijing, in urgent need of reviving its economy, wants to mend ties with Europe but is struggling to create distance between itself and Moscow.

‘Equality of Injustice for All’: Saudi Arabia Expands Crackdown on Dissent

The kingdom’s courts are meting out harsher punishments than ever to citizens who criticize the government, with prosecutions built on Twitter posts ending in prison sentences of 15 to 45 years.

In Vermont, a School and Artist Fight Over Murals of Slavery

Created to depict the brutality of enslavement, the works are seen by some as offensive. The school wants them permanently covered. The artist says they are historically important.