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Research Preview: Science Magazine- January 27, 2023

Science Magazine (January 27, 2023) – The Amazon forest is changing rapidly as a result of human activities, including deforestation for agriculture, such as these soybean fields in Belterra, Pará, Brazil. Remaining areas of forest are experiencing an increased incidence of fires, drought, and the effects of neighboring land uses. These changes threaten local biodiversity and communities and alter the global climate.

Bird flu spread between mink is a ‘warning bell’

Big outbreak at a Spanish farm reignites fears of an H5N1 influenza pandemic

Can California’s floods help recharge depleted aquifers?

Plans to drown orchards and farm fields to boost groundwater supplies get off to a slow start

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Research Preview: Nature Magazine- January 26, 2023

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nature Magazine – January 26, 2023 issue:

The water crisis is worsening. Researchers must tackle it together

It’s unacceptable that millions living in poverty still lack access to safe water and basic sanitation. Nature Water will help researchers to find a way forward.

Dainty eater: black hole consumes a star bit by bit

Repeating bursts of X-rays lead scientists to a black hole that eats in spurts.

ChatGPT listed as author on research papers: many scientists disapprove

At least four articles credit the AI tool as a co-author, as publishers scramble to regulate its use.

Medicine: ‘Single Drop’ Blood Testing Advances

“Even more importantly, we’ve shown you can collect the blood drop at home and mail it into the lab,” said Michael Snyder, PhD, director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine and senior author on the research, which was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on Jan. 19.

Stanford Medicine (January 19, 2023) – Researchers at Stanford Medicine have shown they can measure thousands of molecules — some of which are signals of health — from a single drop of blood.

Unlike finger-prick testing for diabetes, which measures a single type of molecule (glucose), multi-omics microsampling gives data about thousands of different molecules at once.

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A single drop of blood can yield measurements for thousands of proteins, fats and other biomarkers, researchers at Stanford Medicine found.

The new approach combines a microsampling device — a tool used to self-administer a finger prick — with “multi-omics” technologies, which simultaneously analyze a vast array of proteins, fats, by-products of metabolism and inflammatory markers.

Research Preview: Science Magazine- January 20, 2023

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Science Magazine – January 20, 2023 issue:

Stem cell factors reverse signs of aging in mice

Will reprogramming technique one day help people?

Light pollution is skyrocketing

Data from citizen scientists reveal a worrying growth in light pollution over the past decade

Pirates and politics

An anthropologist argues that experimental communities in Madagascar influenced the European Enlightenment

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Research Preview: Nature Magazine- January 19, 2023

Volume 613 Issue 7944

nature Magazine – January 19, 2023 issue:

How the periodic table survived a war to secure chemistry’s future

A century ago, the discovery of hafnium confirmed the validity of the periodic table — but only thanks to scientists who stood up for evidence at a time of global turmoil.

How to make wearable devices people could forget they’re wearing

A metal–polymer composite conducts electricity and conforms to the skin, making it suitable for medical devices applied directly to the body.

Demon goddess moon takes control of a planet

Dwarf planet Eris’ rotation is constrained by its large moon Dysnomia, named after the Greek goddess of lawlessness.

Huge genomic study shows varicose veins’ links to height and weight

Analysis of more than one million people suggests that roughly 16% of the condition can be attributed to genetic factors.

Cover Preview: Scientific American – February 2023

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Scientific American – February 2023:

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life as We Don’t Know It

Scientists are abandoning conventional thinking to search for extraterrestrial creatures that bear little resemblance to Earthlings

Satellite Constellations Are an Existential Threat for Astronomy

Growing swarms of spacecraft in orbit are outshining the stars, and scientists fear no one will do anything to stop it

Solving Cement’s Massive Carbon Problem

New techniques and novel ingredients can greatly reduce the immense carbon emissions from cement and concrete production

Research Preview: Science Magazine – Jan 23, 2023

Science Magazine – January 13, 2023 issue:

NASA unveils initial plan for multibillion-dollar telescope to find life on alien worlds

Habitable Worlds Observatory would be designed for robotic servicing

Illegal mining has muddied tropical rivers worldwide

Silt overload and mercury pollution endanger river ecosystems—and the people who depend on them

FDA approves new antibody to slow Alzheimer’s disease, even as safety concerns linger

Agency warns about brain swelling and bleeding on drug’s label, but imposes few restrictions on lecanemab’s use

Research: New Scientist Magazine- January 14, 2023

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New Scientist – January 14, 2023 issue:

How can we understand quantum reality if it is impossible to measure?

If we can’t measure something, we can’t know its true nature. This fundamental limitation hampers our understanding of the quantum world – but it doesn’t preclude scientific thinking

How AI is shifting the limits of knowledge imposed by complexity

From weather to the structure of proteins, some things are predictable in theory, but too complex to figure out in practice. But the rise of artificial intelligence is changing that fast

Why some aspects of physical reality must be experienced to be known

We will never fully know what pain, colour and love are really like for other people – never mind other animals. That means we may never know if we have created sentient AI

Research Preview: Science Magazine – January 6, 2023

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Science Magazine – January 6, 2023 Issue:

China is flying blind as the pandemic rages

Official death tolls are impossibly low, and some worry new variants may escape detection

Did ancient tentacled microbes kick-start complex life?

New studies suggest early Asgards evolved into eukaryotes

Once banned, spending earmarks see resurgence

Lawmakers can’t resist steering cash to universities and research projects back home

Ancient points suggest Asian roots for early American tools

Finds may support coastal route hypothesis for first settlers

Virus hunters test new surveillance tools

Ropes, drones, insects, and dust cloths could make monitoring faster, safer, and cheaper

Research Preview: Nature Magazine – January 5, 2023

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nature Magazine – January 5, 2023 issue:

The science events to watch for in 2023

Moon landings, mRNA vaccines and climate finance are among the developments set to shape research in the coming year.

Are we in the Anthropocene? Geologists could define new epoch for Earth

Researchers have zeroed in on nine sites that could describe a new geological time, marked by pollution and other signs of human activity.

The ‘breakthrough’ obesity drugs that have stunned researchers

A class of drugs that quash hunger have shown striking results in trials and in practice. But can they help all people with obesity — and conquer weight stigma?