What You Really Need to Know About That Asteroid Flying ‘Towards’ Earth Next Week

A larger-than-usual asteroid is due to make a flying visit past Earth next week, on December 11. It’s called 4660 Nereus, a relatively frequent visitor to near-Earth space, which means it’s been well characterized, with a diameter of 330 meters (1,083 feet). That’s a little bit smaller than the height of the Empire State Building.… Continue reading What You Really Need to Know About That Asteroid Flying ‘Towards’ Earth Next Week

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1,200-Year-Old Mummy of a Young Man Tied With Rope Discovered in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru working on a site in the outskirts of the capital Lima have unearthed a mummy believed to be between 800 and 1,200 years old – and, surprisingly, bound with rope.   The remains are thought to be of a man aged 18-22 at the time of his death, with his hands covering… Continue reading 1,200-Year-Old Mummy of a Young Man Tied With Rope Discovered in Peru

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Harvard epidemiologist gives early impression of Omicron – Harvard Gazette

Pandemic scientists have spent the last few days racing to learn more about the coronavirus variant Omicron, which spread rapidly in South Africa last month and now has been detected in several other nations. William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-director of the School’s… Continue reading Harvard epidemiologist gives early impression of Omicron – Harvard Gazette

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Physical texture of robots influences judgments of their personality

Estimated mechanism of personality impression formation. Credit: Hisashi Ishihara Impressions of a robot’s personality can be influenced by the way it looks, sounds and feels. But now, researchers from Japan have found specific causal relationships between impressions of robot personality and body texture. In a study published in Advanced Robotics, researchers from Osaka University and… Continue reading Physical texture of robots influences judgments of their personality

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Outer retinal transduction by AAV2-7m8 following intravitreal injection in a sheep model of CNGA3 achromatopsia

1. Zobor D, Zobor G, Kohl S. Achromatopsia: on the doorstep of a possible therapy. Ophthalmic Res. 2015;54:103–8. PubMed  Google Scholar  2. Zelinger L, Cideciyan AV, Kohl S, Schwartz SB, Rosenmann A, Eli D, et al. Genetics and disease expression in the CNGA3 form of achromatopsia: steps on the path to gene therapy. Ophthalmology. 2015;122:997–1007.… Continue reading Outer retinal transduction by AAV2-7m8 following intravitreal injection in a sheep model of CNGA3 achromatopsia

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Upper motor neurons are a target for gene therapy and UCHL1 is necessary and sufficient to improve cellular integrity of diseased upper motor neurons

1. Geevasinga N, Menon P, Ozdinler PH, Kiernan MC, Vucic S. Pathophysiological and diagnostic implications of cortical dysfunction in ALS. Nat Rev Neurol. 2016;12:651–61. CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar  2. Jara JH, Genc B, Klessner JL, Ozdinler PH. Retrograde labeling, transduction, and genetic targeting allow cellular analysis of corticospinal motor neurons: implications in health and disease.… Continue reading Upper motor neurons are a target for gene therapy and UCHL1 is necessary and sufficient to improve cellular integrity of diseased upper motor neurons

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The best personal care products of 2021

Our second year of making the most of too-much time spent at home has yielded countless products that promise to sooth our stressed minds and bodies. But the marketing around such spaces—cosmetics, skin- and haircare, and fitness, to name a few—is a minefield of meaningless buzzwords and pseudoscientific solutions. Our Personal Care winners represent some… Continue reading The best personal care products of 2021

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How Income Inequality Can Drive COVID Infections

Latin American countries were quick to mandate lockdowns and mobility restrictions when COVID-19 hit in March 2020. While it was clear that these public health measures would put the brakes on the region’s growing economy, it was not evident how people would react to them, particularly when faced with the choice between sacrificing income and… Continue reading How Income Inequality Can Drive COVID Infections