European regulator urges banks to evaluate climate risks

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The European Banking Authority called Wednesday upon banks to better take into account climate-related risks when setting their business goals and strategies. The EBA, which is responsible for setting the rules for regulating and supervising banks in EU countries, issued a report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks. ESG criteria are used to measure the impact and sustainability of companies and a growing… Continue Reading News Source: phys.org

Spain court agrees to extradite McAfee founder to US

The court heard that John McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus company, earned more than 10 million euros from 2014-2018 but never filed a US tax return. Spain’s National Court said Wednesday it had approved the extradition of antivirus software pioneer John McAfee to the United States where he is wanted for tax evasion. The court’s decision to extradite the 75-year-old, who was arrested at Barcelona airport, can be appealed but must also be approved by the Spanish cabinet before it can take place. “The court agrees to grant the extradition of John David… Continue Reading News Source: techxplore.com

New method uses swabs from smartphone screens to accurately detect COVID-19

An accurate, non-invasive, and low-cost method of testing for COVID-19 using samples taken from the screens of mobile phones has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers at Diagnosis Biotech. The study, published in eLife and led by Dr Rodrigo Young (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), analysed swabs from smartphone screens rather than directly from people, and found that people who tested positive by the regular nasal swabbing PCRs were also positive when samples were taken from phone screens. The new method – known as Phone Screen Testing (PoST) – detected the COVID-19 virus on the phones of 81

Prostate Cancer Linked to Obesity – The Actual Distribution of Body Fat Appears to Be a Significant Factor

An INRS team is investigating the relationship between body mass and the risk of developing cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among Canadian men and the third leading cause of cancer death. Abdominal obesity appears to be associated with a greater risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. This link was demonstrated in a study led by Professor Marie-Élise Parent of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. Over the years, several studies have shown that obesity is a major risk factor for prostate cancer. To further explore the link between disease incidence and body

Expansive RNA Atlas Includes Coding & Non-coding Molecules

We’ve sequenced the human genome, even the parts that are highly repetitive, don’t code for protein, and are extremely challenging to analyze. Now it’s time for scientists to investigate the parts of the genome that are expressed as RNA molecules, called the transcriptome, which can have a variety of different functions. What makes this especially difficult is that the transcriptome can be very different from one cell type to another, and can even vary at the single-cell level. Scientists are making serious efforts to create transcriptome atlases. After years of work, researchers have now made an RNA atlas using human

Peloton Forces Subscription Plan on Customers, Faces Backlash

It’s shaping up to be a tough few months for the fitness company Peloton Interactive, which sells internet-connected exercise bikes and treadmills. The company had to recall over 125,000 treadmills and halt sales of the equipment after the machines were linked to the death of a child and dozens of injuries in May, and now, it’s facing immense backlash on social media after and could face legal action from angry customers after the free “Just Run” setting on its $4,000 Tread+ treadmill vanished after an update and the company announced that all users needed to pay a $39 monthly subscription fee to

Yellowstone is losing its snow as the climate warms, and that means widespread problems for water and wildlife – a new report details the changes

When you picture Yellowstone National Park and its neighbor, Grand Teton, the snowcapped peaks and Old Faithful Geyser almost certainly come to mind. Climate change threatens all of these iconic scenes, and its impact reaches far beyond the parks’ borders. A new assessment of climate change in the two national parks and surrounding forests and ranchland warns of the potential for significant changes as the region continues to heat up. The Greater Yellowstone Area includes both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as surrounding national forests and federal land. National Park Service Since 1950, average temperatures in the

Stone Slab Linked to Egyptian Pharaoh Apries Found | Smart News

A farmer in northeastern Egypt was preparing his land for crop planting when he discovered an intricately carved sandstone slab that appears to have been installed by the pharaoh Apries 2,600 years ago. The standing stone—also known as a stele, or stela—measures 91 inches long and 41 inches wide. It features a carving of a winged sun disk and a cartouche, or oval enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphs, representing Apries, reports Owen Jarus for Live Science. Per Encyclopedia Britannica, stelae were used across the ancient world as tombstones or symbols of “dedication, commemoration and demarcation.” After the farmer who found the slab

The animals’ sound production does not only come from the trunk — ScienceDaily

Communication is crucial for elephants that live in complex multi-tiered social systems. Apart from their iconic trumpets uttered through the trunk, Asian elephants also produce species-specific squeaks by buzzing their lips. This demonstrates once again the elephant’s flexibility in sound production. Everybody knows that elephants trumpet. Over the past decades research in general and at the University of Vienna has mainly studied the elephants low-frequency rumble. Its fundamental frequency reaches into the infrasonic range below the human hearing threshold. This call is produced by the elephant´s massive vocal folds. Much less was known about how elephants produce their higher pitched

Earth-like biospheres on other planets may be rare — ScienceDaily

A new analysis of known exoplanets has revealed that Earth-like conditions on potentially habitable planets may be much rarer than previously thought. The work focuses on the conditions required for oxygen-based photosynthesis to develop on a planet, which would enable complex biospheres of the type found on Earth. The study is published today in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The number of confirmed planets in our own Milky Way galaxy now numbers into the thousands. However planets that are both Earth-like and in the habitable zone — the region around a star where the temperature is just right