Researchers say they may have found proof of theorized axions, and possibly dark matter, around group of neutron stars — ScienceDaily

A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a group of neutron stars. First theorized in the 1970s as part of a solution to a fundamental particle […]

What’s the biggest group of animals ever recorded on Earth?

In early 2020, ornithologist Noah Strycker found himself walking amongst several thousand chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island, a remote blip of snow-covered rock just off the Antarctic Peninsula. He was there to carry out a census of the island’s penguin colony, which hadn’t been properly surveyed since 1970. “I’ll never forget the sight, sound, and…smell,” […]

These illegal drugs are the fastest-growing group of new psychoactive substances and an increasing source of overdoses — ScienceDaily

Made in clandestine laboratories and sold widely across the United States, the diverse class of drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids presents a growing public health threat. In a new study, Scripps Research scientists have devised a way to deactivate these designer drugs after they’ve been administered — offering a potential path for treating addiction and […]

Aboriginal group urges mining ‘reset’ after ancient site destroyed

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto sparked outrage after destroying Indigenous rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in Australia’s ore-rich Pilbara region in May Aboriginal landowners have called for a “reset” in Australia’s lucrative mining sector after an inquiry pilloried Rio Tinto for blowing up a 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine. Rio sparked […]

WHO Guideline Development Group advises against use of remdesivir for covid-19

The antiviral drug remdesivir is not suggested for patients admitted to hospital with covid-19, regardless of how severely ill they are, because there is currently no evidence that it improves survival or the need for ventilation, say a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The recommendation is part […]

Manchester group discover new family of quasiparticles in graphene-based materials

A group of researchers led by Sir Andre Geim and Dr Alexey Berdyugin at The University of Manchester have discovered and characterised a new family of quasiparticles named ‘Brown-Zak fermions’ in graphene-based superlattices. The team achieved this breakthrough by aligning the atomic lattice of a graphene layer to that of an insulating boron nitride sheet, […]