**'Vegan spider silk' provides sustainable alternative to single-use plastics**

"Researchers have created a plant-based, sustainable, scalable material that could replace single-use plastics in many consumer products."


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"Here we document 47,381 individuals from 38 species, including 31 protected species sold between May 2017 and November 2019 in Wuhan’s markets. We note that no pangolins (or bats) were traded, supporting reformed opinion that pangolins were not likely the spillover host at the source of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While we caution against the misattribution of COVID-19’s origins, the wild animals on sale in Wuhan suffered poor welfare and hygiene conditions and we detail a range of other zoonotic infections they can potentially vector. Nevertheless, in a precautionary response to COVID-19, China’s Ministries temporarily banned all wildlife trade on 26th Jan 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic concludes, and permanently banned eating and trading terrestrial wild (non-livestock) animals for food on 24th Feb 2020. These interventions, intended to protect human health, redress previous trading and enforcement inconsistencies, and will have collateral benefits for global biodiversity conservation and animal welfare."


A nice tool for sharing/receiving files, hosting a static website, and anonymous chatting; all based on the Tor network.


(Currently no mobile app, though can be accessed through the Tor browser.)

"Conservatives are less able to distinguish political truths from falsehoods than liberals, mainly because of a glut of right-leaning misinformation, a new national study conducted over six months shows.

Researchers found that liberals and conservatives in the United States both tended to believe claims that promoted their political views, but that this more often led conservatives to accept falsehoods while rejecting truths.

One of the main drivers of the findings appeared to be the American media and information environment."


TL;DR the act of scrolling is enough to cause nausea. This can be triggered faster when on a phone in a dark room. It seems scrolling slower and/or in a dim lit room can help mitigate nausea, because of "stable frames", which in return could be the reason why nausea is not proned to happen in augmented reality in contrast to virtual reality.


**Blood test for depression, bipolar disorder**

"Worldwide, 1 in 4 people will suffer from a depressive episode in their lifetime. While current diagnosis and treatment approaches are largely trial and error, a breakthrough study sheds new light on the biological basis of mood disorders, and offers a promising blood test aimed at a precision medicine approach…"


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**Long-haul COVID: Physicians review what's known**

"With more patients complaining of lingering and chronic effects from COVID-19, experts review what's known and why care for long-haulers requires an interdisciplinary approach."


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**High vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19, especially for Black people, study suggests**

"In a retrospective study of individuals tested for COVID-19, vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient were associated with a lower risk of COVID-19."


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**Variances in critical protein may guide fate of those infected with SARS CoV-2**

"Why does COVID-19 seem to strike in such a haphazard way, sometimes sparing the 100-year-old grandmother, while killing healthy young men and women in the prime of life? A new study may offer some tentative clues. The research explores MHC-I, a critical protein component of th…"


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"This is a side-channel attack which doesn't require any JavaScript to run," the researchers said. "This means script blockers cannot stop it. The attacks work even if you strip out all of the fun parts of the web browsing experience. This makes it very difficult to prevent without modifying deep parts of the operating system."

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#vulnerability #tracking #browser #security #privacy

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