wired.com – Headlines about the Johnson & Johnson trial results cite an efficacy rate lower than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s. But one figure doesn’t tell the whole story.
Source: Fernando P. Polack, et al. Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine. New England Journal of Medicine, 2020.
npr.org – Cuttlefish, the squishy sea creatures, showed impressive self-control in an experiment. It means they have something in common with primates.
Source: Alexandra K. Schnell, Markus Boeckle, Micaela Rivera, Nicola S. Clayton, Roger T. Hanlon. Cuttlefish exert self-control in a delay of gratification task. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2021.
wired.com – A study found no significant difference in the well-being of participants who thought they were taking mini hits of psychedelics and those who actually were.
Source: Balázs Szigeti, et al. Self-blinding citizen science to explore psychedelic microdosing. eLife, 2021.
nytimes.com – Aún no se sabe con qué facilidad las personas vacunadas pueden propagar el virus, pero la respuesta a esa pregunta llegará pronto. Hasta entonces, los científicos instan a la precaución.
Source: Noa Dagan, et al. BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting. New England Journal of Medicine, 2021.
arstechnica.com – Practice of intricately folding letters to secure them is known as "letterlocking."
Source: Jana Dambrogio, et al. Unlocking history through automated virtual unfolding of sealed documents imaged by X-ray microtomography. Nature Communications, 2021.
cbc.ca – Sophisticated scanning technology is revealing intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the remarkable fossil of an early human forerunner that inhabited South Africa 3.67 million years ago during a critical juncture in our evolutionary history.
Source: Amélie Beaudet, et al. Preliminary paleohistological observations of the StW 573 (‘Little Foot’) skull. eLife, 2021.
theguardian.com – Whether talking to family, friends or strangers, calls hardly ever end when both parties are ready
Source: Adam M. Mastroianni, Daniel T. Gilbert, Gus Cooney, Timothy D. Wilson. Do conversations end when people want them to?. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.
nytimes.com – In a single sample, geneticists discovered a version of the coronavirus first identified in Britain with a mutation originally reported in South Africa.
Source: Nicholas G. Davies, et al. Estimated transmissibility and impact of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.1.7 in England. Science, 2021.
livescience.com – It's hard to compete against teenage tyrannosaurs.
Source: Katlin Schroeder, S. Kathleen Lyons, Felisa A. Smith. The influence of juvenile dinosaurs on community structure and diversity. Science, 2021.
zmescience.com – Some forests have strong allies in wild boars.
Source: Wildlife disturbances as a source of conspecific negative density-dependent mortality in tropical trees. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, .
nytimes.com – A study shows that pretending to be immobile — sometimes for an hour or more — helps larvae of an insects called antlions outlast hungry predators.
Source: Ana B. Sendova-Franks, Alan Worley, Nigel R. Franks. Post-contact immobility and half-lives that save lives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2020.