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Broad-spectrum antivirals made from polymers

The current pandemic will likely not be the last we see in our lifetimes. With zoonotic transmission potentially on the rise, scientists warn of a heightened risk of future pandemics of the same magnitude as COVID-19. While the current pandemic has exposed weaknesses in global public health leadership and resource allocation, it has also highlighted …

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Watch out for comet SW3, which might cause a meteor shower in late May

Here’s hoping that a meteor shower predicted by astronomers for almost a century will be seen this month, says Abigail Beall Space 18 May 2022 By Abigail Beall ESO SOMETHING exciting is happening at the end of this month. On the evenings of 30 and 31 May, astronomers around the world will be watching the …

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Some of the sun’s iconic coronal loops may be ghostly illusions

3-D: Short for three-dimensional. This term is an adjective for something that has features that can be described in three dimensions — height, width and length.  align: (noun: alignment) To place or organize things in a patterned order, following an apparent line. angle: The space (usually measured in degrees) between two intersecting lines or surfaces at …

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Radiotherapy masks to hellebore root: see the ways we confront cancer

Cancer Revolution, a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, explores the advances behind cancer care, from this mask worn by a throat cancer patient for their treatment, to black hellebore root, a remedy used in the 1700s Health 18 May 2022 By Gege Li The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum THIS …

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Everything Everywhere All At Once review: Multiverse sci-fi adventure

By Robyn Chowdhury A24 Everything Everywhere All At Once Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert Now playing in cinemas CHAOTIC sci-fi adventure is the heart of Everything Everywhere All At Once, a movie as touching as it is thrilling. It follows Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) as she takes on the burden of saving the multiverse. On her …

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Australian election 2022: Voters back stronger climate action in ‘greenslide’

Voters chose to decisively kick out the pro-coal Coalition government in favour of candidates that support stronger action on climate change Environment 23 May 2022 By Alice Klein Labor leader Anthony Albanese is Australia’s new prime minister Xinhua/Shutterstock Australia’s election on 21 May has been described as a “greenslide” after voters abandoned the long-standing pro-coal …

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Global food crisis is leaving millions hungry, but there are solutions

A storm of events is pushing food prices higher, exacerbating the hunger and malnutrition already experienced by hundreds of millions of people around the world Environment 23 May 2022 By Michael Le Page A man carries grain from a World Food Programme facility in Kandahar, Afghanistan JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty Images Hundreds of millions of …

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Ice Age Footprints review: Ancient humans’ arrival in North America

This documentary tracks the quest for the oldest human footprints in North America, and what they can tell us about when people first arrived on the continent Humans 23 May 2022 By Carissa Wong Ancient footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park. GBH/NOVA/WGBH Ice Age Footprints Directed by Bella Falk and David Dugan On …

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Scientists Say: Primate | Science News for Students

baboon: A large ground-dwelling African monkey with a long, doglike snout and large teeth. Baboons are social animals and live in troops. bushbabies:  Also known as galagos, these are small, large-eyed, nocturnal, tree-dwelling African primates. They get their name for their baby-like cries. Known as vertical clingers and leapers, they can spring off the trunk …

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Cannibalism: Young wasps routinely eat their own siblings in the nest

Isodontia harmandi wasps make nests and leave food for their young in bamboo canes. When that food runs out, the larvae turn to cannibalism Life 18 May 2022 By Corryn Wetzel Isodontia harmandi wasp larva feeds on its nest mate Imasaki, Endo Some wasp larvae take sibling rivalry to a new level by routinely cannibalising …

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