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Superspreading drives the COVID pandemic — and could help to tame it

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Nature - Uneven transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has had tragic consequences — but also offers clues for how best to target control...

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Closed-loop recycling of polyethylene-like materials

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Nature - Plastics are key components of almost any technology today. Although their production consumes substantial feedstock resources, plastics are largely disposed of after their service...

Insta-crop: CRISPR enables high-speed plant domestication

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Nature - A lanky species of wild rice turns compact and docile in a...

  • Scientists have used genome sequencing and editing to develop a rapid-fire way to domesticate plants, allowing the quick transformation of wild rice into a bountiful crop. #ResearchHighlight https://t.co/wGSxNWPhws

Why COVID vaccines are so difficult to compare

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Nature - Despite the widespread roll-out of several vaccines, it could be months before they can be...

  • Why vaccines are so difficult to compare @NatureNews @heidiledford https://t.co/kgGVh12Xca Timely w/new J&J data — Single dose vs all others 2-doses —Tested in So Africa & Brazil cf only countries/ time w/ancestral strain —All vaccines marked reduction deaths & hospitalizations

Eight priorities for calculating the social cost of carbon

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Nature - Advice to the Biden administration as it seeks to account for mounting losses from storms, wildfires and other climate...

  • A Nature Comment article sets out eight steps so that the revised US social cost of carbon can pass muster legally, guide climate policy and win trust at home and abroad. https://t.co/e1DqiPel87

Volume 2 Issue 2, February 2021

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Nature - Volume 2 Issue 2, February...

First return, then explore

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Nature - Reinforcement learning promises to solve complex sequential-decision problems autonomously by specifying a high-level reward function only. However, reinforcement learning algorithms struggle when, as is...

  • A Nature paper reports a family of reinforcement learning algorithms that score higher than human players and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence systems at classic Atari video games, such as Montezuma’s Revenge and Pitfall. https://t.co/px548NyvC4 https://t.co/px548NyvC4

Contact-tracing apps help reduce COVID infections, data suggest

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Nature - Evaluations find apps are useful, but would benefit from better integration into health-care...

  • Studies from a handful of nations show mounting evidence that contact tracing apps can help prevent COVID-19 infections and are a valuable public-health tool. https://t.co/sClRuTjiob