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Christmas, Death and Surgeons’ Birthdays

An article reporting an increased risk of death when surgery is carried out on the surgeon’s birthday has caused a Christmas controversy at the BMJ.The paper, “Patient mortality after surgery on the surgeon’s birthday: observational study,” was published December 10 in the BMJ’s Christmas issue.Based on an analysis of nearly 1 million emergency surgical procedures…

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Protein tells developing cells to stick together

IMAGE: Compartments in adult tissues. Fluorescent protein expression shows posterior compartments in the wing and the abdomen. Please notice that boundaries between compartments are amazingly straight. view more  Credit: Tohoku University Tohoku University scientists have, for the first time, provided experimental evidence that cell stickiness helps them stay sorted within correct compartments during development. How tightly…

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A new TanSat XCO2 global product for climate studies

Since CO2 has been recognized as the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas owing to its significant impact on global warming and climate change, there have been a substantial number of studies that have focused on investigating the status of CO2 in the atmosphere in the past and present, and how it will change in the…

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Multi-population risk scores could improve risk prediction for inflammatory bowel diseases, study finds

Using genetic data from nearly 30,000 people, Mount Sinai researchers have built risk scores from a combination of datasets representing distinct ancestral populations that improve prediction of risk for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The study was published in Gastroenterology on December 24. The researchers found that polygenic risk scores,…

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Modeling can help balance economy, health during pandemic

IMAGE: Arye Nehorai, the Eugene & Martha Lohman Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering view more  Credit: Washington University in St. Louis This summer, when bars and restaurants and stores began to reopen across the United States, people headed out despite the continuing threat of COVID-19. As…

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These are five statistical thresholds which will likely be broken up in 2021

What will 2021 bring for the global economy? Projections from the United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Trade Organization (WTO) say the following five things just might happen.In 2021, the median human turn 31The world is slowly getting older. Longer lifespans combined with falling fertility rates mean the world’s typical person gets…

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Returning to the office in 2021 will introduce a tricky new power dynamic

Let’s be honest. One of the reasons employees went into the office before the coronavirus pandemic was because working from home was so crap. It had its benefits, to be sure, but it came with significant downsides.Working remotely prior to Covid-19 often meant dealing with the internally or externally imposed pressures of proving that you…

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What happened in 2020? Test your knowledge with our quiz

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic this year was so wide-ranging that it shaped every news event that followed its spread across the planet: the Black Lives Matter protests, a US election with historic turnout, China’s creeping takeover of Hong Kong, and more.At each turn, Quartz tried to unpack the implications of the pandemic’s effect…

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Foreign investors are driving the Indian stock markets to new highs

The Indian economy is going through its worst crisis in recent history. Yet, foreign investors haven’t batted an eyelid.Since Nov. 1, foreign investors have poured a staggering Rs1 lakh crore ($14 billion) into Indian stock markets.A combination of low interest rates in the US and the weak dollar has led to inflows into emerging markets…

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BlackRock’s list of climate commitments just got longer

The world’s largest asset manager kicked off 2020 by laying out a list of climate pledges that put the rest of the financial sector on notice. “Climate risk is investment risk,” wrote BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink in his annual open letter to chief executives in January. Climate change is rewriting the most basic assumptions of…