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Update on the latest major scientific papers and developments around the globe. Here’s what happened in science this month.
This is a monthly Wikipedia-based brief review for the most recent scientific knowledge. The video reviews November 2020.

All items in the video are featured in:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_in_science

Narrator:
David W. Draffin
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0:00 Intro

0:14 FRBs | 𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2863-y

1:05 *Radionuclides
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/abc251

2:11 *Water on Mars
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6518/824

2:45 CRISPR-Cas9
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/47/eabc9450

3:57 *Modified Mediterranean diet
https://heart.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/25/heartjnl-2020-317802

4:44 *Bioreactors
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19823-5

5:17 Protein folding
https://deepmind.com/blog/article/alphafold-a-solution-to-a-50-year-old-grand-challenge-in-biology

6:15 Phosphine on Venus (update)
*Re-analysis of ALMA data (preprint)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2011.08176
*ALMA shutdown
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/potential-signs-life-venus-are-fading-astronomers-downgrade-their-original-claims

7:29 COVID-19 pandemic
*Cluster 5
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-11-north-denmark-lockdown-mutated-mink.html
Vaccine 1
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54873105
Vaccine 2
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/moderna-vaccine-effective-covid-19-prevention-13569860
*Vaccine 3
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-russia-vaccine-transp/rpt-exclusive-russia-focuses-on-freeze-dried-vaccine-doses-as-transport-fix-idUSL1N2I30ML
Vaccine 4
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55040635
Virions (preprint)
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.21.20216895v1
*Earlier start of pandemic
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0300891620974755
*Face masks
https://aip.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/5.0029767

8:25 Short items

*Arthropods
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2883-7

*Missing baryon problem
https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/full_html/2020/11/aa38521-20/aa38521-20.html

*Bose-Einstein condensate
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/45/eabb9052

*Food system
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6517/705

*Wow! signal (preprint)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2011.06090

*Biomining
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19276-w

Volcanoes on Mars (preprint)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2011.05956

*Dolphins
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2020.604018/full

*Cocoa powder
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-76160-9

Solar neutrinos
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2934-0

Early Earth
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/48/eabd1387

11:33 Outro

Media used in the video:
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Music by Scott Buckley

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Items I added to that list (and often Wikipedia in general) are marked with a * above.
Studies not featured in the Wikipedia list are not considered for the summary. 6 items from the Wikipedia list were not included in the video (the link above lists those).
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