Exploring Earth From Space: Mackenzie River, Canada [Video]

Exploring Earth From Space: Mackenzie River, Canada [Video]

Mackenzie River, Canada image combining three radar acquisitions from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission. Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019-20), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the Mackenzie River, a major river system in the Canadian boreal forest. Its basin is the largest in Canada and is … Read more

COVID-19 Can Trigger Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Nerve Damage Illustration

A new paper in Brain, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that a COVID-19 infection may prompt Guillain-Barré syndrome. Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world, either by direct infection or through its social and economic consequences. Besides the well-known severe respiratory signs, and the risk of long-term complications, researchers and … Read more

18 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Are We Doing Anything Right?

Coronavirus COVID Pandemic Illustration

September 11, 2021 marked the 18 month anniversary of the WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. A year and a half into what the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, it’s an understatement to say that Americans are exhausted. I’m an epidemiologist and an internationally recognized science communicator, and … Read more

Female Vampire Bats Prefer To Forage for Blood With Friends

Vampire Bat Illustration

Tagging reveals that closely bonded female bats leave the roost separately but reunite when hunting. During nightly foraging trips, female vampire bats preferentially meet up with roostmates they have a close social bond with, according to a report publishing September 23rd in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, by Simon Ripperger and Gerald Carter of The … Read more

Connecting the Dots Between Material Properties and Superconducting Qubit Performance

Niobium Thin Films Made Into Superconducting Qubit Devices

Scientists performed transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials and National Synchrotron Light Source II to characterize the properties of niobium thin films made into superconducting qubit devices at Princeton University. A transmission electron microscope image of one of these films is shown in the background; overlaid … Read more

The Mysterious Ocean Plastic Sink: Gone With the Rivers

Microplastics Under Microscope

A microplastic under the microscope. Credit: CEFREM/UPVD Plastics are a growing problem for natural ecosystems around the globe, and in particular for our marine and freshwater environments. Rivers are the leading source of plastic pollution, as it has been estimated that they deliver several million metric tons of plastic annually to our oceans from poor … Read more

Debunked: Is the “Placebo Effect” Just a Myth?

Placebo Effect Concept

In an opinion article, Australian researchers argue that the ‘placebo effect’ — the idea that we can start to recover from illness after being given… The post Debunked: Is the “Placebo Effect” Just a Myth? appeared first on Leak Herald.