Higher COVID-19 death rates in the southern U.S. due to behavior variations, study finds

Journal Reference: Michael A. Stoto, Samantha Schlageter, John D. Kraemer. COVID-19 mortality in the United States: It’s been two Americas from the start. PLOS ONE, 2022; 17 (4): e0265053 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0265053 The study, by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies researchers, appeared April 28, 2022, in PLOS ONE. Excess mortality, which helps account … Read more

Could Ewan McGregor Stick Around The Star Wars Universe After Obi-Wan Kenobi? The Actor Has Thoughts

Could Ewan McGregor Stick Around The Star Wars Universe After

The Star Wars universe continues to expand, but can the same be said for Ewan McGregor’s time playing Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi? While the role of Obi-Wan could have easily been recast, millennials will be pleased to know Ewan McGregor is back to pick up where he left off in the new Disney+ limited series … Read more

Scientists call for cap on production to end plastic pollution

Journal Reference: Melanie Bergmann, Bethanie Carney Almroth, Susanne M. Brander, Tridibesh Dey, Dannielle S. Green, Sedat Gundogdu, Anja Krieger, Martin Wagner, Tony R. Walker. A global plastic treaty must cap production. Science, 2022; 376 (6592): 469 DOI: 10.1126/science.abq0082 Now, after the United Nations’ historic decision to adopt a global treaty to end plastic pollution earlier … Read more

‘Expendables 4’ first look finds her tackling Jason Statham

Expendables 4 first look finds her tackling Jason Statham

LAS VEGAS – Megan Fox is going back to her action-movie roots.  The actress, who broke out in Michael Bay’s live-action “Transformers” film in 2007, is taking the lead as one of the fresh faces of the “Expendables” franchise. Fox appeared in a first look at the fourth installment, titled “Expend4bles,” which premiered at film convention CinemaCon … Read more

Gene mutations that contribute to head and neck cancer also provide ‘precision’ treatment targets

Journal Reference: Hoi-Lam Ngan, Chun-Ho Law, Yannie Chung Yan Choi, Jenny Yu-Sum Chan, Vivian Wai Yan Lui. Precision drugging of the MAPK pathway in head and neck cancer. npj Genomic Medicine, 2022; 7 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41525-022-00293-1 Keys to targeting that vulnerability include individualized genomic analysis to identify a patient’s specific mutation, and finding the drugs … Read more

Unravelling the origins of the human spine

Journal Reference: Marina Sanaki-Matsumiya, Mitsuhiro Matsuda, Nicola Gritti, Fumio Nakaki, James Sharpe, Vikas Trivedi, Miki Ebisuya. Periodic formation of epithelial somites from human pluripotent stem cells. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29967-1 The spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae, which form pairs of precursor structures called somites. Somites give rise to not only our … Read more

‘Babylon’ Debuts First Footage: Brad Pitt Is Unrecognizable with Massive Prosthetic Nose in Silent Film Era

Babylon Debuts First Footage Brad Pitt Is Unrecognizable with Massive

Damien Chazelle’s “bold and brilliant” Hollywood epic also stars Margot Robbie, Samara Weaving, Tobey Maguire, Spike Jonze, and Olivia Wilde. Finally, finally, finally we are one step closer to the epic Hollywood empire that is “Babylon.” The upcoming feature from Oscar-winning writer-director Damien Chazelle stars “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” co-stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie for … Read more

Sampling the deep graveyard of Earth’s earliest crust

Journal Reference: Jonas Tusch, J. Elis Hoffmann, Eric Hasenstab, Mario Fischer-Gödde, Chris S. Marien, Allan H. Wilson, Carsten Münker. Long-term preservation of Hadean protocrust in Earth’s mantle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2022; 119 (18) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2120241119 This finding is unexpected because the plate tectonic regime of our planet progressively recycles crustal material … Read more

Vin Diesel’s Fast 10 Rejection Saved The Franchise From A Fatal Error

Vin Diesels Fast 10 Rejection Saved The Franchise From A

An initial draft for Fast and Furious 10 made a huge mistake in terms of honoring the franchise, and it is a good thing that Vin Diesel rejected it. Jordana Brewster’s Mia Toretto would have been absent from Fast and Furious 10 had it not been for Vin Diesel’s intervention. Now officially titled Fast X, … Read more

Accurately monitoring subsurface carbon dioxide storage

Journal Reference: Keyla Gonzalez, Siddharth Misra. Unsupervised learning monitors the carbon-dioxide plume in the subsurface carbon storage reservoir. Expert Systems with Applications, 2022; 201: 117216 DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2022.117216 Texas A&M University researchers proved that unsupervised machine-learning methods could analyze the sensor-gathered data from a geological carbon-storage site and rapidly depict the underground CO2 plume locations and … Read more

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