Van Eyck was a precursor of augmented reality

Using digital technology, a researcher has unravelled the secrets of the use of perspective by the Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck, a technique previously believed to be specific to the Italian Renaissance artists. The history of lines is anything but linear. The importance of proportions and depth in artistic representation has fluctuated widely from one […]

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A Black Hole Triggers a Premature Supernova

In 2017, a particularly luminous and unusual source of radio waves was discovered in data taken by the Very Large Array (VLA) Sky Survey, a project that scans the night sky in radio wavelengths. Now, led by Caltech graduate student Dillon Dong (MS ’18), a team of astronomers has established that the bright radio flare […]

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NIH leans into interoception

The National Institutes of Health is awarding seven projects a total of $18.15 million over five years to a new effort focused on interoception—the ways in which organisms sense and regulate signals within their bodies. Interoception is not well understood and is a new area of research focus for NIH. This coordinated effort, which involves […]

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Nanoscribe GT2 adds to MIT.nano fabrication capabilities

MIT.nano has added the Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT2, a high-speed, three-dimensional microfabrication instrument, to its fabrication capabilities. The GT2 will provide MIT.nano users with the ability to create high-resolution 3D structures. It has been installed and qualified in MIT.nano’s third-floor soft lithography space, and is now available for training and use. The GT2 uses two-photon […]

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Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus?

Demand has surged for ivermectin, a drug widely given to horses and cows to treat worms and other parasitic infections, as a possible treatment or preventative for COVID-19. Some seekers have turned to over-the-counter animal formulations, despite Food and Drug Administration warnings against their use, resulting in a spike in calls to poison control centers. Dr. […]

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Avocados change belly fat distribution in women, controlled study finds

An avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile, according to a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators. One hundred and five adults with overweight and obesity participated in a randomized controlled trial that provided one meal a day for 12 weeks. Women who consumed […]

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I do wish people wouldn’t post things like this

I stumbled across the following image on Facebook, being reposted by people who should know better, and it awoke my inner HISTSCI_HULK: I shall only be commenting on the first three images, if anybody has any criticism of the other ones, they’re welcome to add them in the comments. To what extent Galileo developed his […]

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Massive fire at UK polyurethanes plant

A worker is still unaccounted for after a large fire and several explosions on 27 August severely damaged buildings at Leeson Polyurethanes plant in Leamington Spa, UK. As of 2 September, emergency services had not been able to access the site to investigate the cause or search for the missing man, as it is still […]

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