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Cure, Prevent, or Manage All Disease: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Bold Plan Is Already Working

Cure, Prevent, or Manage All Disease: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Bold Plan Is Already Working

This transcript has been edited for clarity  Eric J. Topol, MD: This is really a great occasion to have a chance to meet with Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg and discuss the remarkable progress and dedication at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). CZI has been around for well over 5 years now. And it also …

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The Carlini base on King George Island, hosting the seismometer located closest to the seismic region, and the Bransfield Strait

Massive earthquake swarm hit Antarctica in 2020, study says

A ‘swarm’ of 85,000 earthquakes in Antarctica that lasted about six months in 2020 was triggered by magma from an underwater volcano, a new study says.  The swarm occurred at Orca Seamount, a deep-sea volcano near King George Island in Antarctica, in the Bransfield Strait, which has been inactive for ‘a long time’.  Researchers have used …

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Could key ingredients for life have arrived from space? Scientists say yes

Could key ingredients for life have arrived from space? Scientists say yes

A fresh examination of meteorites that landed in the United States, Canada and Australia is bolstering the notion that such objects may have delivered to Earth early in its history chemical ingredients vital for the advent of life. Scientists previously had detected on these meteorites three of the five chemical components needed to form DNA, …

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Giant ichthyosaur’s huge tooth points to sea creatures with robust bite

The remains of a huge sea creature with enormous teeth that could have helped it capture giant squid have been found in the Swiss Alps. Ichthyosaurs were large marine reptiles with an elongated, snakey shape. They first emerged after the end of the Permian extinction, an event also known as the “great dying”, which occurred …

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SpaceX mission arrives at ISS with first Black woman to join space station crew

SpaceX mission arrives at ISS with first Black woman to join space station crew

The astronauts had spent 16 hours orbiting aboard their SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft after a pre-sunrise launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:52 am ET. The capsule, which is fully autonomous, circled the Earth more than ten times, maneuvering closer to the ISS before making a gentle, precise contact with one of the …

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Zero-index metamaterials offer new insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics

Zero-index metamaterials offer new insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics

An illustration of a near-zero index metamaterial shows that when light travels through, it moves in a constant phase. Credit: Second Bay Studios/Harvard SEAS In physics, as in life, it’s always good to look at things from different perspectives. Since the beginning of quantum physics, how light moves and interacts with matter around it has …

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Spots Gear That Helped Perseverance Rover Land

Flight 26 Maneuvers Ingenuity’s 159-second flight began at 11:37 a.m. local Mars time April 19, on the one-year anniversary of its first flight. Flying 26 feet (8 meters) above ground level, Ingenuity traveled 630 feet (192 meters) to the southeast and took its first picture. The rotorcraft next headed southwest and then northwest, taking images …

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The instability at the beginning of the solar system: Does it portend an undiscovered planet?

The instability at the beginning of the solar system: Does it portend an undiscovered planet?

All stars, including our sun, are born from a cloud of dust and gas. This cloud can also seed planets that will orbit the star. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Michigan State University’s Seth Jacobson and colleagues in China and France have unveiled a new theory that could help solve a galactic mystery of how our solar system …

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Supernova reveals its secrets to team of astronomers

Supernova reveals its secrets to team of astronomers

This schematic shows the various ejecta and winds (red and purple) given off by the exploding star (left, yellow). The common-envelope disk (blue) surrounds both stars, the one exploding as a supernova and its binary partner (not shown). The boundary layer around the common-envelope disk is the source of the hydrogen the team detected. Credit: …

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Discovery of the one-way superconductor, thought to be impossible

Discovery of the one-way superconductor, thought to be impossible

Artist Impression of a superconducting chip. Credit: TU Delft Associate professor Mazhar Ali and his research group at TU Delft have discovered one-way superconductivity without magnetic fields, something that was thought to be impossible ever since its discovery in 1911—up until now. The discovery, published in Nature, makes use of 2D quantum materials and paves …

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