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Monkeypox has mutated at an unprecedented rate with ‘accelerated evolution’

Researchers investigating the genetic makeup of the monkeypox virus have said the virus appears to have mutated much more than would normally be expected. The work is described in a new study published in the journal naturopathy† As part of the study, Portuguese researchers collected a total of 15 monkeypox virus sequences — mostly from …

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Holstein Association USA Announces 2022 Elite Breeder Award Recipient

The information below was provided by dairy marketers and other industry associations. It has not been edited, verified or approved by Hoard’s Dairyman. The registered Holstein® herd at Sandy-Valley Farms in Scandinavia, Wisconsin, has achieved the sought-after balance of high type and genomic value bovines. Their herd’s elite genetics have performed well not only at …

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Boudoir photography is booming as people take off their pandemic sweatpants in front of tasteful nudes

Ashley Benham When pandemic restrictions were lifted, new clients overwhelmed boudoir photographers. Some clients are booking the tasteful nude or semi-nude photos to feel better about the pandemic weight gain. Many say they undress for photos as a form of empowerment or self-care. When COVID-19 forced Americans into their homes, it catapulted an unlikely array …

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Relationships are best between people of similar desirability, research shows

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Everyone remembers those old high school movies where the ultra nerdy teen falls in love with the prettiest girl in the whole school. The movie starts with the girl who knows nothing about the geeky protagonist most wouldn’t consider a strong partner, but by the end she has fallen for him …

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Why you should love wasps, and what is emotion? Books in short

Endless shapes Seirian Sumner William Collins (2022) There are over 100,000 species of wasps, compared to just 22,000 for bees. Wasps are vital pest controllers, pollinators, seed dispersers and decomposers. Yet much less is known about them than about bees, writes entomologist Seirian Sumner, who hated wasps as a child — but hugged them during …

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Acoustic Levitation Breakthrough After Scientists Create Self-Correcting Levitation Device

It is not easy to make a levitation device that can withstand breakdowns. Image credit: Scientific Progress (2022). DOI: 10.1126/sciaadv.abn7614 The idea has been suggested before to use sound waves to make objects float. Research confirmed it, but as you might expect, this requires a direct path of waves to the object – interrupt them …

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we are developing a safer vaccine that does not use genetic material from the virus

Recent Reports of polio virus detected in samples from a London sewage treatment plant have rightly raised major concerns among public health authorities and medical staff. The detected polio virus is the so-called vaccine-derived polio virus – this is not a “wild polio virus”. There are currently two poliovirus vaccines: the oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) …

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