AI created images of food just by reading the recipes

AI can read a recipe and guess what the food will look like. Some of the results look like food you might cook at home, others look like inedible mush Full Story Here New Scientist.com January 20, 2019 11:11 am Support Us

Here’s how we can make work work for all of us

Having a meaningful job makes us happier and healthier – but governments and employers should eschew the logic that workers who work less are less productive Full Story Here New Scientist.com January 20, 2019 11:11 am Support Us

IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

IBM’s sleek-looking Q System One is its first commercial quantum computer. It will be available for clients to access over the internet Full Story Here New Scientist.com January 20, 2019 11:11 am Support Us

Hunting ‘snipe’ in the English lexicon

Though somewhat undistinguished as a bird, snipe has developed a surprisingly diverse set of meanings as an English word. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 7:41 pm Support Us

Behind LA teachers strike, a ‘battle for the soul’ of public education

In addition to questions about class size and pay, at the heart of a teachers strike in Los Angeles is a clash over what public education is actually supposed to do: provide an equality of opportunity or aim for an equality of outcomes. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 7:11 pm Support Us

From our archives: ‘Drive to end slums’

In 1966, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. extended his mission beyond the South – pushing for progress in the North starting in Chicago. Dr. King penned this piece for the Monitor on March 14, 1967, making his case for open housing to end segregation and overcrowding. “Slums and slumism,” he writes, is “the… Read More

Cuddly foxes show the ‘softer side’ of evolution

This year marks the 60th anniversary of an experiment at Russia’s Institute of Cytology and Genetics that is shedding light not just on the origins of dogs, but perhaps even on modern humans. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 6:41 pm Support Us

This Texas town breeds something students need: confidence

Faced with declining enrollment and funds, rural schools are in problem-solving mode. Roscoe, Texas, pushed for changes aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. What lessons might its approach hold for other districts like it? Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 6:25 pm Support Us

Sharp Dressed Man gives tailored suits to those in need

Self-presentation can make all the difference in life – especially during formal occasions like job interviews. That’s why Christopher Schafer has made it his mission to help men in need find the perfect suit. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 6:10 pm Support Us

Sears dodges liquidation, stores to stay open – for now

The company’s chairman and largest shareholder won a bankruptcy auction for the chain, which hasn’t seen a profitable year since 2010. If Sears keeps its lights on, the company could save tens of thousands of jobs across the United States. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 5:56 pm Support Us

From our archives: ‘Harboring hate’

This editorial from April 10, 1968, ties “the bitterness” in American policies during the war in Vietnam to the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those “twin trials,” the editorial board writes, should cause every American deep shame. Part of a 2019 archival project on Dr. King. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19,… Read More

Sharp uptick in Iranian migrants attempting Channel crossing by boat

Last year saw a spike in the number of migrants, many of them Iranians, trying to cross the English Channel to reach Britain by boat. The re-imposed sanctions by the United States have hurt the Iranian economy and made life hard for ordinary Iranians, causing some to flee. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19,… Read More

Farmers have a beef with plant- or lab-grown ‘meat.’ Should you care?

How we speak can say a lot about how we think ​– and it can influence how we spend. Consider a rancher-led battle over food labels, where ‘plant-based meat’ is either an oxymoron or cutting-edge Earth-friendly cuisine. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 5:11 pm Support Us

Street singer captures heart, plight of Venezuela’s growing diaspora

Venezuelans have fled their country en masse since 2015, but out of the will to survive has emerged singer Reymar Perdomo and her song “Me Fui” – a catchy, joyous tune that has become a viral sensation and raised the profile of Venezuelan migrants. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 4:56 pm Support… Read More

A bolt of integrity in a big African election

In a surprise, the African Union intervenes in Congo to ensure a transparent vote count. The bloc could not ignore a rigged election – or the demand of young Africans for accountable governance. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 4:10 pm Support Us

Freedom for all – a universal right and a universal truth

In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, today’s contributor reflects on the role of reformers in the world and how their efforts, in order to be truly effective, must be based on the universal truth that freedom is the divine right of everyone. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 3:41… Read More

Seattle affordable housing gets $500 million boost from Microsoft

Thanks to a generous gift from Microsoft, Seattle will be able to offer more housing options to thousands of low-income workers, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents throughout the Puget Sound region.  Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 3:26 pm Support Us

New US defense strategy would track missiles from space

The Trump administration envisions a space-based defense system to thwart missile threats – a departure from current US weapons based on land and ships. While the White House is gunning for interceptors in space, Congress has ordered a feasibility review first. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 3:10 pm Support Us

From our archives: ‘Desegregation: Economic Weapons’

This Monitor editorial from March 24, 1956, about the Montgomery bus boycott opposed it on the grounds that boycotts are damaging to “both races and to the South as a whole.” The editorial goes on to say segregation is a manifestation of “white supremacy,” which is “not pretty even when as unconscious as the discrimination… Read More

Resistance against autocrats grows worldwide, says Human Rights Watch

The agency’s annual report said that states, civic groups, and popular movements are pushing back against autocrats who are seeking to curtail freedoms. Populists are fueling a resistance that keeps winning, which re-energizes the global defense of human rights, the report says. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 2:41 pm Support Us

Georgia man arrested for plot to attack White House

The FBI intercepted a radicalized man’s threat to the US government through a months-long sting operation. Unable to travel to ISIS-held territory abroad, Hasher Jallal Taheb planned to attack the White House and the Statue of Liberty instead. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 2:11 pm Support Us

For Europe, a push against the violence of hate

The Continent can learn from Poland’s reaction to the killing of a mayor and the many ways to counter a rise in hate speech. Full Story Here CS Monitor January 19, 2019 11:11 am Support Us

Flagellar microtubule doublet assembly in vitro reveals a regulatory role of tubulin C-terminal tails

Microtubule doublets (MTDs), consisting of an incomplete B-microtubule at the surface of a complete A-microtubule, provide a structural scaffold mediating intraflagellar transport and ciliary beating. Despite the fundamental role of MTDs, the molecular mechanism governing their formation is unknown. We used a cell-free assay to demonstrate a crucial inhibitory role of the carboxyl-terminal (C-terminal) tail… Read More

H3K9me3-heterochromatin loss at protein-coding genes enables developmental lineage specification

Gene silencing by chromatin compaction is integral to establishing and maintaining cell fates. Trimethylated histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9me3)–marked heterochromatin is reduced in embryonic stem cells compared to differentiated cells. However, the establishment and dynamics of closed regions of chromatin at protein-coding genes, in embryologic development, remain elusive. We developed an antibody-independent method to isolate… Read More

Cerebellar modulation of the reward circuitry and social behavior

The cerebellum has been implicated in a number of nonmotor mental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. However, its contribution to these disorders is not well understood. In mice, we found that the cerebellum sends direct excitatory projections to the ventral tegmental area (VTA), one of the brain regions that processes and… Read More

Cortical column and whole-brain imaging with molecular contrast and nanoscale resolution

Optical and electron microscopy have made tremendous inroads toward understanding the complexity of the brain. However, optical microscopy offers insufficient resolution to reveal subcellular details, and electron microscopy lacks the throughput and molecular contrast to visualize specific molecular constituents over millimeter-scale or larger dimensions. We combined expansion microscopy and lattice light-sheet microscopy to image the… Read More

The importance of synthetic chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry

Innovations in synthetic chemistry have enabled the discovery of many breakthrough therapies that have improved human health over the past century. In the face of increasing challenges in the pharmaceutical sector, continued innovation in chemistry is required to drive the discovery of the next wave of medicines. Novel synthetic methods not only unlock access to… Read More

Luminescence and reactivity of a charge-transfer excited iron complex with nanosecond lifetime

Iron’s abundance and rich coordination chemistry are potentially appealing features for photochemical applications. However, the photoexcitable charge-transfer states of most iron complexes are limited by picosecond or subpicosecond deactivation through low-lying metal-centered states, resulting in inefficient electron-transfer reactivity and complete lack of photoluminescence. In this study, we show that octahedral coordination of iron(III) by two… Read More

Structural adaptations of photosynthetic complex I enable ferredoxin-dependent electron transfer

Photosynthetic complex I enables cyclic electron flow around photosystem I, a regulatory mechanism for photosynthetic energy conversion. We report a 3.3-angstrom-resolution cryo–electron microscopy structure of photosynthetic complex I from the cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus. The model reveals structural adaptations that facilitate binding and electron transfer from the photosynthetic electron carrier ferredoxin. By mimicking cyclic electron flow… Read More

Strain-specific antibody therapy prevents cytomegalovirus reactivation after transplantation

Cytomegalovirus infection is a frequent and life-threatening complication that significantly limits positive transplantation outcomes. We developed preclinical mouse models of cytomegalovirus reactivation after transplantation and found that humoral immunity is essential for preventing viral recrudescence. Preexisting antiviral antibodies decreased after transplant in the presence of graft-versus-host disease and were not replaced, owing to poor reconstitution… Read More