Month: May 2018

In Pompeii, Archaeologists Discover the Skeleton of a Man Who Escaped the Deadly Ash—Only to Be Crushed by a Giant Rock

Almost 2,000 years after its destruction, the ancient city of Pompeii is still yielding new discoveries. Archaeologists at the historic site have uncovered a new skeleton of a man who was fleeing the city ahead of the eruption of Mount...

/ May 31, 2018

Jon Stewart, Michael Arad, and Others Talk About the Meaning of the Newly Unveiled Design for the 9/11 Memorial Glade

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has unveiled plans for a new on-site memorial dedicated to those rescue and workers who have suffered health problems or died after being exposed to toxic chemicals from the World Trade Center. “As...

/ May 31, 2018

Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women

ISTOCK, STOCKVISUALAn impaired ability to break down fats is associated with later weight gain and metabolic disorders in women, according to a study published today (May 31) in Cell Metabolism. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that low levels of...

/ May 31, 2018

To help save the world, become a banker not a doctor

WHEN Kit Harris was a student at Oxford University, he was not sure what he wanted to do later. He thought about becoming an actuary—decent pay and hours and the chance to use his training in probability theory. But, though...

/ May 31, 2018

MoMA Workers Plan to Protest Contract Negotiations at the Museum’s Party in the Garden

Workers at New York’s Museum of Modern Art are gearing up for a fight amid slow-going contract negotiations between their union, MoMA Local 2110, and the institution. At issue are staff concerns ranging from medical costs to wage increases and job...

/ May 31, 2018

Life Reemerged Just Years After Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact

ISTOCK, SOLARSEVENLess than a decade after a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid wiped out 75 percent of life on Earth, including some dinosaur species, sea creatures started to call the impact crater home, researchers report today (May 30) in Nature. The result offers...

/ May 30, 2018

Norway wrestles with EU ties

Norway’s last election has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values, leaving voters wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward migrants and asylum-seekers. While Britain looks to Norway...

/ May 30, 2018

In Utero Transplant in First Clinical Trial Successful

(From left) Nichelle Obar, Elianna Constantino, and Tippi MacKenzie, the pediatric surgeon who performed the transplantNOAH BERGER/UCSF Pediatric surgeons at the University of California, San Francisco, have treated a second-trimester fetus with stem cells taken from her mother’s bone marrow. The...

/ May 30, 2018

The Biggest Banksy Sale Ever? Dealer Steve Lazarides Plans an Unsanctioned Show of the Artist’s ‘Golden Years’

The street art dealer Steve Lazarides, who was among the first to sell Banksy‘s work, will open a selling show of the anonymous artist’s works at his London gallery Lazinc in July. Lazarides told the Art Newspaper that the “museum-style” show will...

/ May 30, 2018

When Will America Come Home? When Trump Visits London, Seoul or Berlin

What will pull America home? Its forward deployed forces guard the frontiers of allies from their real or potential enemies on very stale arguments. US forces stand watch in the Baltic, maintain the peace in the Balkans, patrol the Black...

/ May 30, 2018

More Vaccinations, Experimental Drugs as Potential Ebola Contacts Rise

ISTOCK, DK_PHOTOSThe ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 25 lives as of yesterday (May 29), reports Reuters, taking the total number of cases in the country to 54. This is DRC’s ninth tussle with the hemorrhagic...

/ May 30, 2018

A Rare Image of One of the Earliest Known Same-Sex Unions Goes on View at the Smithsonian

Amid the paper silhouettes on view in “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery is a possible art historical first: a portrait of a same sex couple dating to the early 1800s. The artwork...

/ May 30, 2018

EU still doesn’t know how to deal with Catalonia

Catalonia’s independence referendum has shown that 90 per cent of voters backs secession from Spain, but Madrid has vowed to ignore the result after Spain’s constitutional court declared the poll unlawful. Last October riot police occupied polling stations and attacked...

/ May 29, 2018

Arms race for space

In the 1950s, the US raced to dominate space – to launch objects, and people, into the unknown – hoping to show off its technological superiority. In 2018, they are preparing for a space war. Rivals of the US have already...

/ May 29, 2018

The ‘Holy Grail’ of Shipwrecks Carried a Billion-Dollar Treasure That’s Still Intact, Experts Reveal

The Spanish treasure ship the San José was lost at sea for more than 300 years, but it never lost its ultra-precious cargo. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which located the sunken wreck off the coast of Colombia in November 2015, has finally...

/ May 29, 2018

Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies

Jens Christian Skou PHOTO: AARHUS UNIVERSITY Jens Christian Skou, who earned a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997 for his discovery of the sodium-potassium pump in cell membranes, died yesterday (May 28). He was 99 years old. “His tireless struggle...

/ May 29, 2018

Wolf-like Animal Baffles Montana Scientists

A large animal shot in Montana was originally reported as a wolf.MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS On May 16, a rancher in Denton, Montana, shot and killed an animal that approached his livestock. The rancher initially reported the animal as...

/ May 29, 2018

It’s time to fix the Euro

There is a renewed debate in Brussels on fixing flaws in Europe’s shared currency to prevent future crises. France’s president Emmanuel Macron has made it clear he is willing to push for change to strengthen the euro and is expected...

/ May 29, 2018

Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests

ISTOCK, ILBUSCAComplications during pregnancy can magnify the effect of genetic risk factors for schizophrenia by altering gene expression in the placenta, a new study suggests. The paper appeared yesterday (May 28) in Nature Medicine. “To me the key thing in...

/ May 29, 2018

USC President Steps Down in Wake of Gynecologist Scandal

C.L. Max NikiasFLICKR, DANIEL HINTON FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEFollowing a backlash over alleged sexual misconduct by a gynecologist at the school health center, C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California (USC), stepped down late last week (May 25)....

/ May 29, 2018