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How People with Autism Forge Friendships

How People with Autism Forge Friendships

SUMMARY: “Nothing is impossible in terms of friendships for people with autism,” Lerner says, “but it does perhaps take a different route.”Social connection is a powerful predictor of long-term physical and mental health.

scientific american
Watch out Silicon Valley: European Union gets into the venture capital game

Watch out Silicon Valley: European Union gets into the venture capital game

SUMMARY: The company owes its growth to the European Innovation Council (EIC), a little-known but ambitious EU agency that aims to do for startups and spinoffs what the grantmaking European Research Council does for basic research.

science mag
Wallflowers evolved a pair of complementary chemical defenses

Wallflowers evolved a pair of complementary chemical defenses

SUMMARY: Wallflowers like Erysimum helveticum, part of the Brassicaceae family, have independently evolved a pair of complementary chemical defenses to ward off hungry predators.

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Ocean's 'biological pump' absorbs more carbon than previously estimated

Ocean's 'biological pump' absorbs more carbon than previously estimated

SUMMARY: Researchers say the ocean's euphotic zone, the depth at which sunlight penetrates surface water throughout the ocean, is much deeper than thought.

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17 digital freebies and extended trials you can take advantage of right now

17 digital freebies and extended trials you can take advantage of right now

SUMMARY: 17 digital freebies and extended trials you can take advantage of right nowFree stuff for healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 and everyone helping others by staying inside.

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Our Knowledge of Viruses Is Badly Inadequate

Our Knowledge of Viruses Is Badly Inadequate

SUMMARY: There are now nearly 7,000 named virus families and vastly more that have yet to be identified let alone understood.

scientific american
“Punch Card” DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

“Punch Card” DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

SUMMARY: One obstacle to making DNA data storage a reality, however, is the slow, expensive and error-prone process of creating, or synthesizing, new DNA sequences that fit a desired code.

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Cancer Patients Face Treatment Delays and Uncertainty As Coronavirus Overwhelms Hospitals

Cancer Patients Face Treatment Delays and Uncertainty As Coronavirus Overwhelms Hospitals

SUMMARY: “The cancer tumor seemed to have attached itself to a nerve,” said Rayburn, who was a schoolteacher for many years.

scientific american
Crops were cultivated in regions of the Amazon '10,000 years ago'

Crops were cultivated in regions of the Amazon '10,000 years ago'

SUMMARY: Image copyright Umberto Lombardo Image caption The forest islands of this part of Bolivia seen from the airFar from being a pristine wilderness, some regions of the Amazon have been profoundly altered by humans dating back 10,000 years, say researchers.

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Antiparticles Would Deliver Mortal Blow to Einstein’s Principle

Antiparticles Would Deliver Mortal Blow to Einstein’s Principle

SUMMARY: “If a future experiment should demonstrate that antiparticles have a negative gravitational mass, it will deliver a mortal blow to the entire relativistic theory of gravity by disproving the principle of equivalence.

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Inside One Company’s Quest to Develop a COVID-19 Antibody Treatment: A Q&A with Regeneron’s George Yancopoulos

Inside One Company’s Quest to Develop a COVID-19 Antibody Treatment: A Q&A with Regeneron’s George Yancopoulos

SUMMARY: So I hopped on the phone March 23 with George Yancopoulos, the company’s co-founder, president and chief scientific officer.

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Coronavirus: EU top scientist forced out in political row

Coronavirus: EU top scientist forced out in political row

SUMMARY: It said it regretted Prof Ferrari's comments.

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For survivors of severe COVID-19, beating the virus is just the beginning

For survivors of severe COVID-19, beating the virus is just the beginning

SUMMARY: For survivors of severe COVID-19, beating the virus is just the beginningScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

science mag
‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade

‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade

SUMMARY: ‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat tradeNo captive tiger has ever been released in the wild.

popular science
Puerto Rico's coquí is the Caribbean's oldest frog

Puerto Rico's coquí is the Caribbean's oldest frog

SUMMARY: Today, frogs in the genus Eleutherodactylus, which includes the common coquí, dominate the Caribbean, having diversified into many different body forms and sizes.

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Fun mystery games to help solve your boredom

Fun mystery games to help solve your boredom

SUMMARY: If you want to get teens excited about the nuances of language without feeling like they’re being taught a lesson, this spy-themed game is a great option.

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Coronavirus: Covid-19 detecting apps face teething problems

Coronavirus: Covid-19 detecting apps face teething problems

SUMMARY: In this case, the goal is to be able to distinguish the Covid-19 from other illnesses including the flu.

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Quest to Use CRISPR Against Disease Gains Ground

Quest to Use CRISPR Against Disease Gains Ground

SUMMARY: The prospect of using the popular genome-editing tool CRISPR to treat a host of diseases in people is moving closer to reality.

scientific american
Why We Have So Many Problems with Our Teeth

Why We Have So Many Problems with Our Teeth

SUMMARY: I sat at an oral surgeon’s office waiting for my daughter.

scientific american
Are Smokers or Vapers More at Risk for COVID-19? Here’s What We know

Are Smokers or Vapers More at Risk for COVID-19? Here’s What We know

SUMMARY: Even our intake of breath—and what it might feel like if COVID-19 blocked our ability to breathe as effortlessly as we normally do.

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