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Opened and closed

The old Vesuvio's location gets a new tenant, a buzzy taco pop-up shuts down, Maker Pizza heads east and more in this week's restaurant news.





Mayor John Tory expresses support for Jen Agg after the restaurant owner criticized government and police inaction against disruptive anti-vaccine protestors.




O'Toole flips the script

On private health care, the Conservative party seems intent on playing games on social media – with a little help from Twitter.




Shang-Chi is fantastic

We called it: Kim's Convenience star Simu Liu is a fine fit for Marvel's master of kung-fu, and the movie is pretty solid too.




The best loungewear

These nine pieces from Toronto brands and designers will keep you comfy whether you're heading to class or just rolling out of bed.




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Science X Newsletter Tuesday, Aug 24

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Spotlight Stories Headlines

A turncoat protein allows viruses to ride roughshod in the liver, paving the way to cancer

Research sheds more light on the overionized recombining plasma in the supernova remnant IC 443

Geneticists map the rhinoceros family tree

Physicists find room-temperature, 2D-to-1D topological transition

New quantum 'stopwatch' can improve imaging technologies

Astronaut: Spacewalk postponed due to pinched nerve in neck (Update)

Study: Climate change makes European flooding more likely

Fossil leaves may reveal climate in last era of dinosaurs

Genetically engineered good bacteria could aid in combating disease

Compounds that give coffee its distinctive 'mouthfeel'

Possible new antivirals against COVID-19, herpes

Confirming the pedigree of uranium cubes from Nazi Germany's failed nuclear program

High cholesterol fuels cancer by fostering resistance to a form of cell death

Farmed carnivores may become 'disease reservoirs' posing human health risk

Cosmic rays may be key to understanding galactic dynamics

Physics news

Physicists find room-temperature, 2D-to-1D topological transition

A Rice University team and its collaborators have discovered a room-temperature transition between 1D and 2D electrical conduction states in topological crystals of bismuth and iodine.

New quantum 'stopwatch' can improve imaging technologies

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have designed one of the most precise stopwatches yet—not for timing Olympic sprinters and swimmers, but for counting single photons, or the tiny packets of energy that make up light.

Cosmic rays may be key to understanding galactic dynamics

Cosmic rays are charged subnuclear particles that move close to the speed of light, constantly raining down on the Earth. These particles are relativistic, as defined by Albert Einstein's special relativity, and manage to generate a magnetic field that controls the way they move within the galaxy.

Energy harvesting technology based on ferromagnetic resonance

Researchers from the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University have succeeded in storing electricity with the voltage generated from the conversion phenomenon of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) using an ultra-thin magnetic film of several tens of nanometers. 

World-first detector designed by dark matter researchers records rare events

A ground-breaking detector that aims to use quartz to capture high frequency gravitational waves has been built by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (CDM) and the University of Western Australia.

New method greatly improves X-ray nanotomography resolution

It's been a truth for a long time: if you want to study the movement and behavior of single atoms, electron microscopy can give you what X-rays can't. X-rays are good at penetrating into samples—they allow you to see what happens inside batteries as they charge and discharge, for example—but historically they have not been able to spatially image with the same precision electrons can.

New technology lays groundwork for large-scale, high-resolution 3D displays

Researchers have developed a prototype display that uses projection to create large-scale 3D images with ultra-high definition. The new approach helps overcome the limitations of light-field projection, which can create natural-looking 3D images that don't require special 3D glasses for viewing.

Eliminating annoying loops and blisters in adhesives

Blisters (tiny air pockets) or loops in Band-Aids or tapes can be quite annoying and difficult to remove. What's more, they can also affect the materials used to make flexible electronics and soft robotics. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente have studied the unpeeling of looped adhesive tape and developed a new model to explain how best to remove troublesome loops. The new research is published in European Physics Letters.

Astronomy and Space news

Research sheds more light on the overionized recombining plasma in the supernova remnant IC 443

Astronomers have used ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft to investigate the overionized recombining plasma in a supernova remnant (SNR) known as IC 443. Results of this research, published August 12 on arXiv.org, deliver essential information about the origin of this plasma in the studied SNR.

Astronaut: Spacewalk postponed due to pinched nerve in neck (Update)

A NASA astronaut said Tuesday that he pulled out of a spacewalk this week because of a pinched nerve in his neck.

Analysis of 2,000 galaxies using the MeerKat radio telescope reveals fresh insights

Galaxies—massive collections of gas, dust, and billions of stars and their solar systems—are a fundamental component of our Universe. Understanding how they have formed and evolved over cosmic eras remains one of the greatest challenges of modern astronomy.

Russia postpones lunar mission over 'problems during testing'

Russia revealed Tuesday it postponed its first mission to the moon's surface in decades as a result of "problems" encountered during tests of the Luna-25 spacecraft.

Technology news

Machine learning predicts behavior of stainless steel at the microstructural level

To the naked eye, a sheet of stainless steel presents a smooth, polished, homogenous surface. The same material when viewed at 400 times magnification reveals its true jumbled structure—different crystal shapes, joined at wildly different angles. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign used data from high-resolution images of stainless-steel samples to train neural networks that make predictions about how the material will behave at places where the crystals meet, when strained.

Turning hazelnut shells into potential renewable energy source

Biomass is attracting growing interest from researchers as a source of renewable, sustainable, and clean energy. It can be converted into bio-oil by thermochemical methods, such as gasification, liquefaction, and pyrolysis, and used to produce fuels, chemicals, and biomaterials.

How do wind turbines respond to winds, ground motion during earthquakes?

As China's economic development continues, energy demand is rising along with it. Meeting this energy demand via fossil fuels is becoming increasingly undesirable, because it poses environmental and climate risks.

Millions of Microsoft-stored data records mistakenly exposed

Some 38 million records stored on a Microsoft service, including private information, were mistakenly left exposed this year, security firm UpGuard said Monday.

These robots can move your couch

To train robots how to work independently but cooperatively, researchers at the University of Cincinnati gave them a relatable task: Move a couch.

'Always there': the AI chatbot comforting China's lonely millions

After a painful break-up from a cheating ex, Beijing-based human resources manager Melissa was introduced to someone new by a friend late last year.

Prepping the grid for more frequent and intense droughts, heat waves and wildfires

As yet another heat wave shattered temperature records in the Pacific Northwest in mid-2021, threats of rolling blackouts rippled throughout the region.

When you buy an NFT, you don't completely own it

NFTs or non-fungible tokens first captured the public imagination when a digital collage by an artist named Beeple sold for US$69 million (£51 million) at Christie's in March 2021. Since then, there has been an explosion in the use of these units for storing digital content, which are bought and sold using online ledgers known as blockchains.

Energy renovation: First sort, then refurbish

Heating and cooling of buildings is a major contributor to CO2 emissions in all industrialized countries. To achieve the Swiss government's climate targets—net zero by 2050—Switzerland's building stock must thus also make a significant contribution. But planners and decision-makers need a handout to introduce the appropriate measures in the most meaningful order. In 2019, Kristina Orehounig and her team undertook such a sorting.

We could power households from the scraps in our food waste bins, so what's stopping us

Imagine if you could power your kettle using the energy generated from the vegetable cuttings quietly breaking down in your kitchen's compost bin. That reality might not be so far off with the growth of biogas technology.

Green roof or solar? It turns out both is best

The benefits of combining solar panel installations with green roofs has been confirmed by new research, which demonstrates significant improvements in energy production, stormwater filtration and most surprisingly, a major increase in animal biodiversity.

Turning the tables into touchscreens

Scientists from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) used a synchronized projector and camera to produce a touchscreen-like interface on a flat surface. Because the camera only registered the user's fingers when actually in contact with the surface, the need for any additional cameras, depth sensors, or light sources was eliminated. This work may lead to portable projection systems that can be used to create large interactive displays nearly anywhere.

Using your smartwatch to reduce stress

The old adage "never let them see you sweat," doesn't apply in the electrical and computer engineering lab of Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. In fact, Faghih seeks sweat, the kind that beads on your upper lip when you're nervous - skin conductance response (SCR) as the change in sweat activity is scientifically called. It is through that measure that Faghih is reporting the ability to monitor stress and even help lower it. 

Waymo expanding autonomous ride service to San Francisco

Waymo, the Google self-driving vehicle spinoff, is expanding its autonomous ride-hailing service to San Francisco.

Samsung announces $205 billion investment plan

Samsung Group unveiled a $205 billion investment blueprint on Tuesday aimed at making the company a leader in a range of technologies from semiconductors to robotics and creating 40,000 new jobs.

US authorities warn against flying drones over national lab

Drone pilots beware.

Walmart opens delivery services for all businesses

US shopping giant Walmart on Tuesday announced it was opening a delivery service for businesses, including other retailers, in its latest push to reposition itself and fend off Amazon's rise.

Cellphone catches fire on Alaska Airlines jet upon landing

The cellphone of a passenger on an Alaska Airlines jet caught fire after the plane landed at the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, forcing the crew to deploy evacuation slides to get everyone off, the carrier said Tuesday.

TikTok to offer in-app shopping with Shopify

TikTok unveiled plans to allow users to buy products while using the video-sharing app in a partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify.

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