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Electrifying West Africa with a renewable grid

Enlarge / A new hydroelectric power station in the Ivory Coast. Xinhua News Agency There has been a lot of discussion about how areas that are seeing explosive renewable growth can manage the large amount of intermittent electricity sources. But these mostly focus on regions with mature electric grids and a relatively static growth in …

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CDC says its testing fail didn’t hurt US response. Experts disagree

Enlarge / Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), attends an event about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Getty | Drew Angerer The botched rollout of COVID-19 testing did not cripple the country’s early response to the …

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Flawed COVID hypothesis may have saved Washington from being NYC

Enlarge / KIRKLAND, Wash.: A patient is shielded as they are put into an ambulance outside the Life Care Center of Kirkland on March 7, 2020. Several residents have died from COVID-19, and others have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Getty | Karen Ducey When cases of COVID-19 began popping up in Washington state …

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US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage

Enlarge / View of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004 by the ROV Hercules during an expedition returning to the shipwreck. NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI) When RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, crew members sent out numerous distress signals to any other ships in the vicinity …

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100,000 Americans dead—and counting—as COVID-19 ravages US

Enlarge / Transporter Morgan Dean-McMillan prepares the body of a COVID-19 victim at a morgue in Montgomery county, Maryland, on April 17, 2020. Getty | ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS More than 100,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19 according to several pandemic-tracking efforts—and the pandemic is far from over. As the country reached the grim …

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Review: Revisit the controversial Biosphere 2 project with Spaceship Earth

Official trailer for Spaceship Earth, a documentary about the controversial Biosphere 2 experiment in the early 1990s. In September 1991, amid much media fanfare, eight people entered a closed experimental facility called Biosphere 2 for a two-year stint in total isolation. They endured hunger, a dangerous rise in CO2 levels, interpersonal squabbles, a media backlash, …

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Scientists vs politicians: The reality check for “warp speed” vaccine research

Enlarge / In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, engineers work on an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing Nicholas Asfouri When Donald Trump launched Operation Warp Speed last week, he borrowed language from Star Trek to describe the drive for a …

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Here’s NOAA’s outlook for US summer weather—and hurricane season

Enlarge / Let’s start with something nice… check the orange popping out of this April 14 satellite image of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. NASA EO On Friday, NOAA released its latest seasonal weather outlook for the US, which followed an updated hurricane season outlook. As always, the seasonal outlook starts with a look …

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A fidget spinner to detect urinary tract infections

<figcaption class=”caption”><div class=”caption-text”>The diagnostic spinner in action.</div><div class=”caption-credit”><a rel=”nofollow” class=”caption-link” href=”https://bioengineeringcommunity.nature.com/users/400727-yoon-kyoung-cho/posts/a-fidget-spinner-for-point-of-care-diagnostics”>Yoon-Kyoung Cho (Nature </a></div></figcaption> </figure> Urinary tract infections have been called the “canary in the coal mine” of global antibiotic resistance. With more than half of all women having a UTI in their lifetime and men increasing in susceptibility as they age, UTIs are one of …

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