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Credit: Eduardo Parra/Europa Press/Getty I am a research fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, studying epigenetics and diabetes. Over the past few weeks, I’ve received e-mails from the medical school, the university, Harvard-affiliated hospitals and principal investigators in my laboratory and elsewhere at the institute. All these messages are about paring down research
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Silent Spring author Rachel Carson helped inspire the global green movement.Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Last week, academic and performance artist Colleen Webster was looking forward to doing her one-woman show on the life of the biologist, science writer and environmental pioneer Rachel Carson. “She was shy. She was humble. Devoted to family. Committed
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Residents of Brussels have been told to stay at home, leaving the city’s streets empty.Credit: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty The coronavirus pandemic has brought chaos to lives and economies around the world. But efforts to curb the spread of the virus might mean that the planet itself is moving a little less. Researchers who study
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The elongated bristlemouth (Sigmops elongatus) is abundant in the oceans’ twilight zone.Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Paul Caiger The twilight zone contains the largest and least exploited fish stocks of the world’s oceans. Spanning from just below 200 metres to 1,000 metres deep, it is an interface between the well-studied marine life in the sunlit zone
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London City Airport closed on 25 March owing to travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.Credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty When the US Congress passed a US$2-trillion economic-stimulus plan on 27 March, $25 billion in economic aid for passenger airlines was just a small piece of it. But for environmentalists and their allies in Washington DC, it
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You are about to take the stage to speak in front of a large audience. As you wait, your heart starts to pound, your breathing quickens, your blood pressure rises and your palms sweat. These physiological responses are evolutionarily conserved mechanisms to prepare your body to fight against imminent dangers, or to run away quickly.
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Simple wire loops intended to catch herbivores for meat also trap elephants, lions, hyenas and other wildlife. Credit: Alamy Conservation biology 30 March 2020 Simple snares aimed at catching African game for the table take a huge toll on carnivores, too. Wire snares are widely used to poach African wild herbivores for meat — but
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Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19. Download MP3 In this episode: 02:00 A push for plasma In New York, hospitals are preparing to infuse patients with the antibody-rich blood plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19. This approach has been used during disease outbreaks for over
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The University of Rochester in New York saw protests in 2017 over the Florian Jaeger case.Credit: Rachel Jerome Ferraro/NYT/Redux/eyevine The University of Rochester in New York has agreed to pay a US$9.4-million settlement to researchers who sued the institution over how it handled allegations of sexual harassment against a cognitive science professor. The settlement, announced
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Protein attachment to the membrane of a starfish egg cell occurs in rippling waves (video is roughly 100 times faster than actual speed). Credit: Fakhri Lab/MIT Physics 26 March 2020 Waves that travel through an egg’s outer membrane echo those seen in physical systems at much smaller — and much larger — scales. Some cellular
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The Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, is empty after being closed to faculty members over COVID-19 concerns. In this unprecedented time, many scientists must keep their research going from home — a steep challenge, but not an unmanageable one.Credit: Max Herman/NurPhoto/Getty As universities close down, heads of life-science laboratories are having
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Clinical research has been disrupted as hospitals devote more resources to caring for people critically ill with COVID-19.Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Scientists are rushing to launch clinical trials of experimental vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus —
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Passengers quarantined on the cruise ship Diamond Princess.Credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP/Shutterstock When COVID-19 was detected among passengers on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, the vessel offered a rare opportunity to understand features of the new coronavirus that are hard to investigate in the wider population. Some of the first studies from the ship — where some
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