How the search on your window monitors global biodiversity outside the window

Sitting in your room, typing…/, you are actually helping scientists to monitor species outside the window.  Recently in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev collectively published their investigation on how Wikipedia pageview records correlates to seasonal patterns in nature. We had…

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The Big Freeze: scientists obstructed by the US government shutdown

Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images By Abigail Pavey Temperatures plummet across North America but the United States federal government has been suffering from a more chilling type of freeze – federal paralysis. In pursuit of his wall, President Donald Trump started the longest government shutdown in modern US history and as a result, science across…

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Tetris in the Lab: The surprising link between PTSD and the classic computer game

Image created by Cezary Tomczak, Maxime Lorant [CC BY-SA 4.0 (] (Source: Wikipedia Creative Commons Licence) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts people who have experienced extreme traumatic events such as war or torture. Sufferers are vulnerable to involuntary memories of traumatic events, colloquially called “flashbacks”, which are a distressing symptom of the condition. A recent…

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Nancy Roman, ‘Mother of Hubble’ NASA astronomer, has died aged 93

By Amity Roberts Photograph: Nasa Archive/Alamy Nancy Roman, a boundary-breaking astronomer known as the ‘Mother of the Hubble’, died aged 93 on December 25th, 2018. Roman was NASA’s first Chief of Astronomy and supervised the planning and development of the Hubble Space Telescope that would change the way we see the universe. Roman was born…

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A 10-minute, universal blood test for cancer

Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia have developed a blood test that can detect whether a patient has any type of cancer within as little as 10 minutes. Although still in the initial stages of testing, this cheap and simple method could help clinicians to diagnose cancer before symptoms appear, when the widest range…

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