Giant ice machine leads to glacier ‘slip law’

The huge machine keeps ice at the right temperature to examine how melting glaciers slide. It led to a new "slip law" to benefit future research.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment glaciers ice liquids mathematics sea-levels

Low-intensity interval training can be as effective as HIIT – but only if you spend more time working out

'LIIT' is the latest exercise phenomenon that advocates for slowing down your workout.

Bradley Elliott, Lecturer in Physiology, University of Westminster
April 3, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins

Tags: exercise fitness hiit

Coronavirus: why the Nordics are our best bet for comparing strategies

Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland are culturally, economically, politically and geographically similar but differ radically in their responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul W Franks, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Lund University
April 3, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Coronavirus: do governments ever truly listen to 'the science'?

More often than not, governments decide what 'the best available evidence' is.

Reiner Grundmann, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of Nottingham
April 3, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins

Tags: boris-johnson science-policy coronavirus uk-government covid-19

3 Questions: Greg Britten on how marine life can recover by 2050

Committing to aggressive conservation efforts could rebuild ocean habitats and species populations in a few decades.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS
April 3, 2020 | mit

~10 mins

Tags: eaps 3-questions environment research school-of-science climate climate-change sustainability policy government computational-biology pollution ecology graduate postdoctoral oceanography-and-ocean-engineering

Progress using COVID-19 patient data to train machine learning models for healthcare

Following from last week's call for governments to use machine learning and AI techniques to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Mihaela van der Schaar gives an update on a working proof of concept she has built using anonymised data from Public Health England.

Cambridge University News
April 3, 2020 | cambridge

~8 mins

Tags: artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus machine-learning

Proteins key to vision are also taste receptors in flies

Multiple opsin proteins, known for decades to be required for vision, also function as taste receptors, new research with fruit flies finds.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: science-and-technology proteins senses taste vision

1 enzyme is key for successful fertilization

One enzyme may determine whether human development starts correctly. The discovery could help explain why some fertilization fails.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine eggs enzymes fertilization fetus genes sperm

Climate disasters up armed conflict risk in vulnerable countries

The risk for armed conflict goes up after severe weather disasters, researchers say, but only in countries that fit certain criteria.

U. Melbourne
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture climate-change democracy natural-disasters violence

Some people’s skin makes natural sunscreen

Certain genes tied to vitamin D production can act like an natural kind of sunscreen, researchers report.

U. Queensland
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine skin sun vitamin-d

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