Direct democracy can force governments to better represent the people—but it doesn’t always work out

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In August 2022, a statewide referendum in Kansas saw citizens overwhelmingly reject a plan to insert anti-abortion language into the state’s constitution. It comes as a slew of similar votes on abortion rights are planned in the coming months—putting the issue directly to the people after the Supreme Court struck down … Read more

Warming oceans may force New Zealand’s sperm and blue whales to shift to cooler southern waters

by Frédérik Saltré, Flinders University; Karen A Stockin, Massey University, and Katharina J. Peters, University of Canterbury, The Conversation Sperm whales (left) and blue whales (right) are both affected by rising ocean temperatures. Author provided The world’s oceans are absorbing more than 90% of the excess heat and energy generated by rising greenhouse gas emissions. … Read more

Breast cancer cells use force to open channels through tissue

An illustrated microscope view of a 3D culture of cancer cells. A cancer cell generates forces (in red) moving the tissue material farther. The new technique detects the material movement to compute cellular forces. Credit: Juho Pokki/Aalto University Researching how cancers grow and spread has conventionally been done on two-dimensional, flat cultures of cells, which … Read more

The strength of the strong force

Credit: Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Much ado was made about the Higgs boson when this elusive particle was discovered in 2012. Though it was touted as giving ordinary matter mass, interactions with the Higgs field only generated about 1 percent of ordinary mass. The other 99 percent comes from phenomena associated with the strong … Read more

Virgin Orbit ready for first night launch on Space Force mission – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: Virgin Orbit scrubbed the launch attempt Wednesday night to study out-of-limits propellant temperatures. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket under the wing of the company’s Boeing 747 carrier aircraft. Credit: Virgin Orbit The first nighttime flight of Virgin Orbit’s commercial air-launched rocket is on track for Wednesday night off the coast of California, carrying seven … Read more

Assigning moving features in high-speed atomic force microscopy

Biophysics and Physicobiology (2022). DOI: 10.2142/biophysico.bppb-v19.0016″ width=”800″ height=”370″/> Graphical abstract. Credit: Biophysics and Physicobiology (2022). DOI: 10.2142/biophysico.bppb-v19.0016 Researchers at Kanazawa University report in Biophysics and Physicobiology how to optimize high-speed atomic force microscopy experiments on live cell membranes, so that moving objects like molecules can be properly followed from frame to frame. In video microscopy … Read more

‘The Orville’ season 3 premiere shows this sci-fi series is a tour de force

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “The Orville” season 3, episode 1 Can you believe it’s been over three years since “The Orville” last graced our screens? Three years, one month and eight days, give or take. But hey, who’s counting?! Space.com actually got a chance to visit the set in 2020, when principal photography was still … Read more

Office politics can be a force for good, new research shows

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Office is often associated with toxic cultures and marginalized politics, but a new study in the Harvard Business Review today has identified five strategies for organizations to promote ‘healthy office politics’ that foster inclusive and supportive working environments. Existing evidence shows office politics is all too often a white man’s game, … Read more

Asserting the Saving Force – TPS – English

Today, April 12, 2022on the day of the great geocentric conjunction between Jupiter and Neptune in Piscesgiven the exceptional nature of the current signs of Heaven and Earth, the New Group of World Servers units their forces to invoke and evoke the saving force [1]aligning itself “with a united breath and an unified rhythm” with … Read more