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Best Of: The ‘New Science’ Of Breathing / The Migration Of All Living Things

best of: the ‘new science’ of breathing / the migration of all living things

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Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. We talk with journalist James Nestor about how breath work can affect your overall health. His book is ‘Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.’Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead looks at what he calls the “stock jazz-movie ending,” a basic plot element subject to many variations.When living things cross into new territory, they are often viewed as threats. But science writer Sonia Shah, who has written a new book — ‘The Next Great Migration’ — says the “invaders” are just following biology.

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Does TikTok censor content that’s critical of China? | India News – Times of India

does tiktok censor content that’s critical of china? | india news – times of india

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In less than a day after comedian Saloni Gaur, popular as Nazma Aapi, posted a video taking a dig at China, it was taken down from one of three platforms she had uploaded it on – TikTok, a Chinese app. Political content seems to be censored when it is even mildly critical of China. “So @TikTok IN has removed my last video which had jokes on China. Kuch bolne ki freedom hi nahi hai (There’s no freedom of speech),” Gaur tweeted. The video — in which she goes from “ajinamoto”, Covid and cheap phones to TikTok itself (“making us waste our youth”) and the Ladakh standoff (“I understand it’s a beautiful place, but leave now”) — was reinstated after her tweet. “There are videos on TikTok which show violence against women and animals and those are banned only when there is a lot of outrage. Mine was only making people laugh,” she told TOI. TikTok attributed the whole thing to fake Covid messaging. “In context of Covid-19, we’ve implemented a more rigorous review process, to err on the side of caution and remove potentially violative content. The video in question was reinstated after being flagged and a further review,” a TikTok …

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‘I can’t even enjoy this.’ #BlackBirdersWeek organizer shares her struggles as a black scientist

‘i can’t even enjoy this.’ #blackbirdersweek organizer shares her struggles as a black scientist

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Corina Newsome—one of the #BlackBirdersWeek organizers—is a graduate student who studies seaside sparrows in coastal marshes.

Katherine Arntzen, Georgia Southern University

By Katie LanginJun. 5, 2020 , 4:35 PM

This week, black scientists and recreational birders flooded Twitter with posts for #BlackBirdersWeek. “Nature is my favorite place to be, & I’ve been fortunate enough [to] use my PhD to travel & be #BlackInNature across the world,” tweeted a graduate student.

The first-of-its-kind event was organized in response to an incident that transpired in New York’s Central Park last week. Christian Cooper—a black man who works as a writer and editor and is an avid birdwatcher—encountered a white woman who was walking her dog while he was birding. When he asked her to leash her dog, she called the police, telling them that an African American man was threatening her. A video of the encounter went viral—unleashing a torrent of discussion about racism and the dangers black people face when they are simply enjoying, or working in, outdoor spaces.

For black scientists in field disciplines such as ecology and geology, Cooper’s experience was a familiar one. Many are sent to remote places to conduct fieldwork—and that can land …

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Sean Speer: Science and faith fuel top researcher’s quest for a coronavirus vaccine

sean speer: science and faith fuel top researcher’s quest for a coronavirus vaccine

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Most readers may not know who Francis Collins is. But right now he’s one of the most important people in the world. He’s a path-breaking scientist overseeing a multi-organization effort to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. He’s also a Christian.Dr. Collins’ life and career have followed a parallel path of religious and scientific inquiry. He’s become a leader in both spheres. And in so doing he’s modelled a form of servant leadership that’s inspiring.Collins is a physician-geneticist who has led the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government agency responsible for biomedical and public health research, since 2009. It’s in this role that he’s now co-ordinating a massive effort involving 18 pharmaceutical companies and various government agencies to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The partnership, called Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (or ACTIV for short), is making real progress and could have a vaccine ready for use as early as the first quarter of 2021.

Dr. Francis Collins speaks with then-U.S. president Barack Obama in a file photo from Sept. 30, 2009.

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But that may not even be Collins’ greatest scientific endeavour. Previously, as the head …

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Is TikTok censoring content critical of China? – Times of India

is tiktok censoring content critical of china? – times of india

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GANDHINAGAR: Hours after two Gujarat Congress MLAs resigned on Thursday, a third party MLA, Brijesh Merja, submitted his resignation at night. Assembly speaker Rajendra Trivedi informed the media on Friday of the third resignation. With Congress losing eight MLAs (including Thursday’s three) since March, the month in which the 2020 Rajya Sabha elections were originally to be held before they were deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the party, in all likelihood, will get only one candidate elected to the RS from the state. The assembly secretariat confirmed that speaker Rajendra Trivedi has accepted the resignation of Merja, MLA for Morbi. Merja, whose resignation comes ahead of the RS polls for four seats in Gujarat on June 19, is the third Congress MLA to quit in last three days.In his resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi , Merja said though he had joined Congress to serve the people, he was “unable to do so while being in the party”. In 2014, he had joined BJP for a short period. However, in 2017, he joined Congress and won his first election on a Congress ticket. While Congress has fielded senior leaders Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki, BJP fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramila Bara and …

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Milford Marine Institute enrolling for science camps

milford marine institute enrolling for science camps

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Camper working on Octopus on pine board 2019 Milford Marine Institute Marine Biology Science/Art Camp
Camper working on Octopus on pine board 2019 Milford Marine Institute Marine Biology Science/Art Camp

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Camper working on Octopus on pine board 2019 Milford Marine Institute Marine Biology Science/Art Camp
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Milford Marine Institute enrolling for science camps

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The Milford Marine Institute will be running science camps for the 37th year with limited enrollment and COVID-19 protocols. Marine Biology Science and Art camp will be held June 22-June 26, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Tri Beach Neighborhood Center. This camp will explore the nine marine habitats and the cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoise), sea turtles, pinnipeds, fish, mollusks, and crustaceans which inhabit them. Campers will choose a favorite marine animal, draw it on a piece of pine, have it cut, sand and paint a work of art. If time permits, a second marine animal may be done.

A Bird Identification Art Camp will …

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Fighting censorship with blockchain… and Minecraft – Decrypt

fighting censorship with blockchain… and minecraft – decrypt

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Block-based sandbox game Minecraft is the last place prying government censors expect to find subversive content. Should a government block Minecraft, the most popular game in the world, the whole world would know in an instant. That’s why Reporters without Borders, the NGO that champions press freedom, created The Uncensored Library— an ornate archive of works from prominent censored journalists, hosted in Minecraft.Climb the stairs of the high-domed library, which sprawls inward from an island whose shores are open to anyone with an internet connection, and you’ll reach rooms packed with works from censored journalists. Jamal Khashoggi—a Saudi Arabian dissident who was assassinated in Turkey in 2018—and Yulia Berezovskaia, an exiled journalist who runs a banned website in Russia, fill some of the 200 books on offer. 

The Uncensored Library was designed by Reporters Without Borders in collaboration with BlockWorks, a London-based company that builds elaborate Minecraft worlds, alongside two media agencies. Comprising two million blocks, the library can be downloaded from BlockWorks’ website—and already it’s taken on a life of its own. “We already have cases of many other people hosting the library on their own server,”  James Delaney, founder of BlockWorks, told Decrypt. “ …

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Scientists iron out the physics of wrinkling

scientists iron out the physics of wrinkling

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Wrinkling in the diamond window is caused by stress in the layers of diamond and glass. The diamond window in image a, which is smaller than the diamond window in image b, has a higher density of wrinkles. Credit: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

When we think of wrinkles, we usually envision the lines etched into our skin, for some an unwelcome reality and for others a proud sign of a life well-lived. In material science, wrinkles can also be either wanted or unwanted. But the physical factors that cause wrinkling to occur are not yet fully understood.

Now, in a paper recently published in Applied Physics Letters, researchers from the Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials (MMM) Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have shown how wrinkles can be increased or reduced by altering the curvature at the edge of a material.
“Historically, scientists and engineers have focused on preventing wrinkling, which can adversely affect the performance of pressure sensors, aircraft panels, and lightweight spacecraft structures including deployable space booms and telescopes,” said Professor Eliot Fried, who leads the MMM unit. “But recent research has also shown that wrinkling can give materials useful properties. …

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Watch how social inequality impacts everything from health to longevity

watch how social inequality impacts everything from health to longevity

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By Elizabeth PennisiJun. 5, 2020 , 9:00 AM

For anyone who doubts the value of advocating for greater equality in the world, this video may change your mind. People with annual incomes of less than $35,000 at age 40 don’t live as long as those making $100,000 a year, according to a study published in Science. What’s more, the fewer the social ties, the higher the risk for strokes. And those experiencing a lot of adversity growing up, such as child abuse or malnutrition, die 20 years earlier than those who did not face those challenges, the team concludes. Data from horses, rodents, whales, and nonhuman primates confirm that social factors can be key determinants in health. By merging human and animal studies, the team says, scientists may be better able to figure out how to manage social factors to keep people healthy longer.

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