The James Webb Space Telescope is ready for SCIENCE. Here’s what that means

NASA is scheduled to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. They’ll mark the beginning of the next era in astronomy as Webb – the largest space telescope ever built – begins collecting scientific data that will help answer questions about the earliest moments of the universe and allow astronomers to study exoplanets in greater detail than ever before. But it has taken nearly eight months of travel, setup, testing, and calibration to make sure this most valuable of telescopes is ready for prime time. Marcia Rieke, an astronomer at the University… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Elden Ring devs could be working on a game we’ve been waiting on for 10 years

(Image credit: FromSoftware) We’re mecha-ing an educated guess There is one interesting tidbit, though. The Elden Ring developer FromSoftware is working on multiple new projects, raising the question of what the studio could have in store for us next. Following the release of Elden Ring earlier this year, the studio has begun a new recruiting drive. “We have started recruiting staff for a wide range of occupations for multiple new projects,” it tweeted (translated using Google). “We look forward to working with you on making games with FromSoftware.” The slate of new jobs covers a range of disciplines, including game design, animation, technical design, art, sound, and production. There’s little… Read More

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Here’s Google’s letter saying employees can relocate to states with abortion rights

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, Google’s chief people officer Fiona Cicconi sent a staff-wide email to employees informing them of Google’s response to the ruling. Among other things, the email highlights that Googlers can “apply for relocation without justification” and that people in charge of the relocation process “will be aware of the situation” in assessing their requests. In an email last August reported by Bloomberg, Google told employees that of 10,000 requests over the prior few months to work remotely or relocate, 85 percent were approved. The Supreme Court’s ruling does not… Read More

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New study explains what may have triggered ice age

A new study led by University of Arizona researchers may have solved two mysteries that have long puzzled paleo-climate experts: Where did the ice sheets that rang in the last ice age more than 100,000 years ago come from, and how could they grow so quickly? Understanding what drives Earth’s glacial–interglacial cycles – the periodic […] The post New study explains what may have triggered ice age appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Federal appeals court pauses FDA ban on Juul’s e-cigarettes

The company says it could suffer “irreparable harm” if it can’t sell its products while the court considers its case. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Juul can continue selling its e-cigarettes despite the Food and Drug Administration ordering a ban Thursday, according to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (via TechCrunch). In its order, the court says it’s issuing the temporary stay to give Juul time to file an emergency motion, which it can then consider along with a response from the FDA. The FDA says the reason for the ban is that there’s “insufficient evidence to assess the potential toxicological risks of… Read More

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Why does everyone seem to have food intolerances these days?

Most of you will have noticed hosting a dinner party is harder than it used to be. One friend is gluten-free, another is dairy-free, one can’t eat onion and two more are vegetarian. Are food intolerances increasing? Or do we just hear more about them now? What are food intolerances? Food intolerances are reactions to […] The post Why does everyone seem to have food intolerances these days? appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Hearing and vision issues linked to cognitive impairment in older people

Scientists from the University of Toronto found hearing impairment and vision impairment to be independently linked to cognitive impairment. They found older adults with hearing impairment had more than double the odds of cognitive impairment, while those with vision impairment had more than triple the odds of cognitive impairment. When an older adult experienced both hearing impairment and vision impairment, the […] The post Hearing and vision issues linked to cognitive impairment in older people appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Your BMI is linked to death and longer ICU stay for COVID

Scientists from the University of Gothenburg found in patients with COVID-19, a high body mass index (BMI) is associated with an increased risk of death and prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay. The research is published in PLOS ONE and was conducted by Lovisa Sjögren et al. Previous studies have shown that a high BMI […] The post Your BMI is linked to death and longer ICU stay for COVID appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Why women’s heart attacks are often missed

Scientists from the University of Florida found why women’s heart attacks are often missed. The research is published in American Heart Journal Plus and was conducted by Professor Jennifer Dungan et al. When diagnostic tests for the heart were first created, scientists at the time did not fully consider that no two bodies are the […] The post Why women’s heart attacks are often missed appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Type 2 diabetes: short-term low-carb diet linked to remission – but only if weight is lost

Whether restricting carbohydrate intake is an effective way to manage type 2 diabetes is a topic of some controversy in nutrition – largely because trial results have so far been pretty inconclusive. While multiple meta-analyses have reviewed the current body of research and found low-carbohydrate diets are able to lower blood glucose in the short-term, […] The post Type 2 diabetes: short-term low-carb diet linked to remission – but only if weight is lost appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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PlayStation studios, major publishers break silence on abortion rights

Enlarge / Just some of the game franchises represented by studios coming out in support of reproductive rights today. Last month, Insomniac Games (Spider-Man) CEO Ted Price reportedly told his employees that parent company Sony “will not approve ANY statements from any studio on the topic of reproductive rights.” That is apparently no longer true, as Insomniac and other Sony studios have tweeted statements in support of “reproductive freedom” in the wake of this morning’s Supreme Court decision overturning the longstanding Roe v. Wade precedent on the issue. “We are human beings who make games,” Insomniac tweeted this morning. “Reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy are human rights.” By the afternoon,… Read More

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Mars probe running Windows 98 receives software update after two decades

Patch management for the latest versions of Windows might the concern of most of us located here on Earth, but meanwhile, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft has received the first update to its Window 98-based system in 19 years. The mission was first launched to discover of signs of liquid water on Mars, including a suspected 20x30km lake of salty water buried under 1.5 km of ice in the red planet’s southern polar region. The updates were conducted by engineers from the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Italy, and were fully funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI). What does this mean? The agency said the upgrade will enable the spacecraft… Read More

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Meta wants the virtual landscape to sound like real life

Meta and a group of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) are working on bringing realistic audio to the metaverse. As Kristen Garuman, Research Director at Meta AI, explains, there’s more to augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR, respectively) than just visuals. Audio plays a very important role in making a world feel alive. Garuman says “audio is shaped by the environment that [it’s] in.” There are various factors that influence how sound behaves like the geometry of a room, what’s in said room, and how far someone is from a source. To achieve this, Meta’s plan is to use AR glasses to record both… Read More

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Apple’s AR/VR headset will arrive in January 2023, analyst projects

Enlarge / An early augmented reality demo by Apple, using a smartphone instead of a headset. (credit: Apple) Tech industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has offered the most specific prediction about a release date for an Apple augmented reality/virtual reality headset yet: January 2023. Kuo has often made accurate, informed predictions about Apple’s plans in the past, based partly on information from sources in the company’s supply chain. On Thursday, he published a lengthy analysis of the VR headset industry and predicted that Apple’s device will “likely” arrive in January. Kuo called the headset “the most complicated product Apple has ever designed,” noting that many current Apple suppliers are involved in… Read More

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