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Back to school: ‘You hope they will be able to catch up’

Sponsored: As we look beyond the forced dislocation of the workforce from the workplace, it is time to assess what we have lost, what we need to retain, and what we have gained

Postmortems expeted to confirm Johnny Hennessy killed brothers with axe

The Spirit of Brexit. And the National Anthem for when the Union breaks up.

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Sicily was under Islamic rule that forbade the consumption of alcohol between the 9th and 11th centuries, but it has not previously been clear how Sicilian wine production was affected

‘If you’re anything like me, then you spent a good deal of 2020 thinking about the end of the world’ – Marshall Brain’s The Doomsday Book considers some of the biggest threats facing humanity

Unlike modern carnivore communities, carnivorous dino groups mostly lacked species that were middle-sized as adults. A new study finds this absence appears to have been driven by distinctive dino biology, in which giant adults start out as tiny hatchlings.

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"You have destroyed thousands of businesses, families, lives and futures. You have placed unimaginable burdens of debt and despair on future generations, and crafted a dangerous template for all the idiots who follow you." Great piece by Steve Waterson.

The small-molecule drug, plitidepsin, possesses antiviral activity against #SARSCoV2  and may be a promising drug candidate for treating #COVID19 , according to a new study. 🔎 Take a closer look at the research in this #SciencePerspective :

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Unequal parenting impacts may explain the publication gender gap between women and men in academia, according to an analysis of survey data from more than 3,000 tenure track faculty in the U.S. and Canada. @ScienceAdvances 

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Murkowski to meet with Tanden on Monday as confirmation remains on the rocks | @JohnJHarwood 

#COVID19  has already produced catastrophic social, economic, and public health consequences...More virulent and deadly coronaviruses are waiting in the wings. Thus, the world needs a universal coronavirus vaccine." #ScienceEditorial  @waynekoff1  @GaviSeth 

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A newly discovered molecular pathway allows cells to tightly control the production of #ribosomes  – growth-supporting cellular structures – and limit the energy costs of protein synthesis when nutrients are scarce. @scisignal  #CellBiology 

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The cognitive science of categorization and the philosophy of Wittgenstein meet the biology of viruses (are they “alive”?).

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Scoops of the Week

More than half of the planet’s freshwater river basins have been heavily impacted by human activities, according to a new Science study, which presents a novel, multi-faceted approach for evaluating biodiversity change at a global scale. ($)

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The @SpaceX  Crew Dragon has officially been in space for more than 💯 days! The Crew-1 mission launched on Nov. 15, 2020 & arrived at the @Space_Station  on Nov. 16, carrying Shannon Walker, @VicGlover , &am @AstroIllini ; . The @Astro_Soichi  will return in late April/early May.

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Virgin Galactic announces two Aerospace Systems and Engineering Leadership appointments. Swami Iyer, President of Aerospace Systems. Stephen Justice, Vice President of Engineering. Read more;

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In honor of Black History Month, @NWSFairbanks  put together this amazing storyboard honoring African American meteorologists of the past and present.

Have you heard that the government is engineering fake snow over Texas that doesn't melt and scorches when you try to burn it? coNsPirAcY!!1! Or, y'know, it's *snow*. Here comes the science.

Virgin Galactic announces legendary former Disney Imagineer, @Joe_Rohde , as Experience Architect. He will help design and guide the overall experience journey for future astronauts, friends and family, and inspired fans alike.

Henderson teases updates coming later this week on New Glenn and LC-36 at the Cape, including timing for first launch.

A frank report from the NYT, my employer, on how it has fallen short in supporting employees of color and elevating them to top jobs. It includes a goal to increase Black and Latino representation in leadership by 50 percent by 2025:

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