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Astronomers see a bizarre space circle in unprecedented detail

Astronomers have captured a close-up image of a rare and mysterious space object, sparking a renewed effort to discover its origin. Odd Radio Circles (ORCs) are giant rings of radio waves. Only five have ever been observed, and never in such spectacular detail. The image of ORC J2103-6200, also known as ORC1, was captured by …

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Biden Seeks Major Spending Increase for Global Climate Efforts

President Biden’s proposed budget would give a major boost to the global climate battle by injecting more than $11 billion into efforts to help other countries tackle global warming. The money would go to a range of programs, budget documents show — from one initiative designed to help developing countries move away from coal to …

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How the war in Ukraine causes indirect deaths?

The Russian attacks on Ukraine have devastating consequences for civilians. But the health effects extend far beyond the effects of bombing and shelling. While it may not be the most pressing threat facing Ukrainians, COVID remains a serious risk. Overcrowded trains, air raid shelters and refugee processing facilities provide ideal conditions for the transmission of …

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‘Momentum Computing’ Pushes the Thermodynamic Limits of Technology

In case you hadn’t noticed, computers are hot – literally. A laptop can pump out boiling heat, while data centers use an estimated 200 terawatt hours per year, comparable to the energy consumption of some mid-sized countries. The carbon footprint of information and communication technologies as a whole is close to that of fuel consumption …

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Laws that defame transgender children and their families are abusive

On Monday, it became illegal to talk about gender identity or sexual orientation in hundreds of classrooms across the state of Florida. This law is one of the historic numbers of proposed laws and measures targeting trans youth in Texas, Arizona, Alabama and more than a dozen other US states. Tens of thousands of transgender …

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What you need to know about the collapse of Antarctica’s Conger Ice Shelf?

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication on the latest research. East Antarctica’s Conger Ice Shelf — a floating platform the size of Rome — broke off the continent on March 15, 2022. Since the beginning of satellite observations in the 1970s, the tip of the shelf had disintegrated …

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