Sci-News Roundup January 14 - January 20, 2023
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Scientific American, January 10, 2023
A new variant of the virus that causes COVID has mutations that make it more transmissible, but vaccines are still likely to protect against severe disease

Guardian, January 15, 2023
Fewer precautions, recent holidays and subvariants have driven rise but boosters, masks and other precautions are still effective

STAT, January 12, 2023
MMR coverage is as low as it’s been in a decade, officials said. The fear is that such a drop could leave more children vulnerable to vaccine-preventable conditions — and in turn lead to outbreaks.


Smithsonian, April 03, 2020
It might surprise us to know that, for our ancestors, many of the objects we take for granted, like napkins, forks and mattresses, were also once marvels of comfort and technology—available to only the few.

ArsTechnica, January 13, 2023
Newton was also at the center of a heated debate regarding whether light was a particle or a wave—a debate that had raged for millennia.

Live Science, January 11, 2023
The face of the ancient Egyptian ruler Ramesses II — possibly the pharaoh of the biblical Book of Exodus who persecuted Moses and the Israelites — has been reconstructed from his mummified remains.

The Conversation, October 21, 2022
Many Westerners alter their behaviors on Friday the 13th. Of course bad things do sometimes happen on that date, but there’s no evidence they do so disproportionately.

Plus, January 04, 2023
Since the role of Big Data and technology in our lives is only going to increase, and scientific and statistical evidence play an increasingly important role in many types of decision making, the importance of mathematics is only likely to increase too.

PBS, January 10, 2023
In recent months, new artificial intelligence tools have garnered attention, and concern, over their ability to produce original work. The creations range from college-level essays to computer code and works of art.


New York Times, January 17, 2023
A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Nature, January 13, 2023
JWST has spotted three tiny, distant galaxies that could solve a long-standing cosmic mystery.

Futurity, January 12, 2023
The discovery of TOI-700 e, along with the earlier confirmation of its host system, could provide unique opportunities to better explore exoplanets going forward.

Sci-Tech Daily, January 17, 2023
Gamma-ray bursts are the most intense explosions in the universe and are typically caused by the collapse of stars or the collision of compact stellar remnants. However, a recent discovery has challenged this understanding, as it does not fit into either of these categories.

Washington Post, January 1`2, 2023
Leaving Earth upends almost every system inside of us.


Cosmos, January 15, 2023
What if you could 3D-print a substance that turned wastewater into fertilizer, converted CO2 back into useful materials, and efficiently made hydrogen fuel out of water?

Guardian, January 16, 2023
Demo during heavy storms at top of a Swiss mountain involved firing powerful laser pulses at thunderclouds.

Science News, January 1`6, 2023
These 17 metals fine-tune light and generate powerful magnetic fields.

New York Times, January 16, 2023
With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

Nature, January 10, 2023
Agricultural sciences have for too long ignored traditional and local knowledge about crop plants and how best to grow them. That must change if the world is to ensure future food security.

Treehugger, January 11, 2023
Climate policy is transportation policy is energy policy is housing policy. Everything connects.


The Conversation, January 12, 2023
In particular, [this study] measured changes in blood sugar levels and blood pressure, two important risk factors for heart disease.

Environmental Health News, January 13, 2023
People who eat just one U.S. freshwater fish a year are likely to show a significant increase of a cancer-causing chemical in their bloodstream, new research warns.

Scientific American, January 01, 2023
For healthy adults who want strong bones, a commonly recommended vitamin doesn’t seem to help, but other things really do

New York TImes/Well, January 11, 2023
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Science News, January 12, 2023
The link between HDL and heart disease isn’t clear-cut

MedicalXpress, January 16, 2023
Doctors at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Hospital, and Cambridge University Hospital, have led research using a new type of CT scan to light up tiny nodules in a hormone gland and cure high blood pressure by their removal.


Quanta, September 07, 2022
When the brain encodes memories as positive or negative, one molecule determines which way they will go.

BBC, January 15, 2023
An estimated two million fungal species - more than 90% of all fungi - have yet to be described by science. Scientists are trying to identify biodiversity hotspots and find out more about this largely unexplored world.

Canadian Geographic, January 16, 2023
Indigenous knowledge allowed ecosystems to thrive for millennia — and now it’s finally being recognized as integral in solving the world's biodiversity crisis. What part did it play in the COP15?
Did you know that these silky threads of webs can be so strong that the fibers can be used as fishing nets?

Scientific American, January 12, 2023
A rare flower encased in amber is the largest one ever found and dates from around 40 million years ago.


Clean Technica, January 16, 2023
This year is setting up to be an important one for offshore wind in the United States. Here are five key developments to keep an eye on in 2023.

Guardian, January 16, 2023
Dutch farms are feeling the squeeze from EU rules and need to make sweeping changes to the farm system – could a huge producer like the US follow suit?

Science News, January 11, 2023
Rare earths are mined by digging vast open pits in the ground, which can contaminate the environment and disrupt ecosystems.

EurekAlert!, January 12, 2023
A chemical used in the production of toilet paper and 'forever chemicals' have been found in the bodies of orcas in B.C. , including the endangered southern resident killer whales.

Grist, January 06, 2023
Even with strict regulations, protected areas lost forest to weakened environmental policies under the Bolsonaro regime.


Inside Climate News, January 12, 2023
New research shows the company’s scientists were as “skillful” as independent experts in predicting how the burning of fossil fuels would warm the planet and bring about climate change.

The Conversation, December 26, 2022
When people speak up and work together, they can spur powerful changes.

Yale Environment 360, January 10, 2023
Iraq’s famous, ancient Mesopotamian Marshes are disappearing as a regional drought enters its fourth year and upstream dams cut off water flows. Marsh Arabs, resident for millennia, are leaving, and biodiversity is collapsing.

Washington Post, January 18, 2023
New research in the northern part of Greenland finds temperatures are already 2.7 degrees warmer than they were in the 20th century

Guardian, January 18, 2023
What is it like to have a front row seat for the worst show in the world? Four meteorologists describe how they are explaining the reality to viewers – and coping with it themselves