Sci-News Roundup January 16 - January 22, 2021
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Scientific American, January 20, 2021
After Pfizer and Moderna, a slew of other candidates could fill gaps in efficacy, production, or distribution.

STAT, January 19, 2021
The coronavirus variants are, in a word, confusing.

MIT Technology Review, January 16, 2021
If you live in Gregg county, Texas or Terrebonne parish, Louisiana, you might be out of luck.

Nature, January 14, 2021
Researchers are studying the sensory impact of the coronavirus, how long it lasts and what can be done to treat it.

New York Times, January 19, 2021
The pace at which Americans have been dying accelerated through the fall and into the winter, exploding to record levels in January.


EurekAlert! January 17, 2021
They found that spiritualists have a proclivity for absorption - a trait linked to immersion in mental or imaginative activities or experience of altered states of consciousness.

Scientific American, January 14, 2021
Depictions of pigs found in Indonesia date back at least 45,500 years.

Quanta, November 19. 2020
An exercise in pure mathematics has led to a wide-ranging theory of how the world comes together.

BBC Future, January 08, 2021
In this spookily prescient booklet, people are advised to keep six feet apart, avoid shaking hands and only send one person per household out to do the shopping.

Phys.Org, January 18, 2021
"Coalescence" can be observed every time you take a shower: Small droplets of water join together to form larger and larger drops—until they are so heavy that they run down the wall.


The Conversation, January 13 2021
Einstein's theory of general relativity left some deep mysteries. One was “wormholes” – bridges connecting different points in spacetime, in theory providing shortcuts for space travellers.

Sci-News, January 19, 2021
First theorized in the 1970s, axions are hypothetical particles that were proposed to preserve a time-reversal symmetry of the nuclear force.

Universe Today, January 18, 2021
Messier objects are some of the most imaged objects in the universe. In part that’s because many of them are so visibly appealing. 

Phys.Org, January 15, 2021
Domcke and Garcia-Cely's technique is based on the conversion of gravitational waves of high frequency (ranging from megahertz to gigahertz) into radio waves.

Science News, January 18, 2021
The black hole doesn’t fit theories of how the cosmic beasts grow so massive. 


Cosmos, January 20, 2021
DNA origami might be the answer for making superconducting nanomaterials.

OneZero, January 14, 2021
It was never meant to exist — at least, not like this.

Anthropocene, January 15, 2021
Agrivoltaics could also provide jobs and boost rural livelihoods, while cutting carbon emissions

Treehugger, January 14, 2021
Architect Gilles Gauthier proposes an update of Roadtown.

Science Daily, January 13, 2021
Fish-inspired robots coordinate movements without any outside control.


The Guardian, January 20, 2021
Soft mattresses and pillows are great for lounging, but after a full day’s work your back and shoulders will start to complain. These gentle exercises should help.

Prevention, January 14, 2021
Try these smart, drug-free ways to bring your numbers down.

NPR, January 20, 2021
Farmers use chlorpyrifos to control insects on a wide variety of crops, including corn, apples, and vegetables. It is among the most toxic pesticides.

The Conversation, January 19, 2021
More than one-quarter of U.S. adults live with untreated tooth decay, with nearly half of adults over 30 showing signs of gum disease.

EWG, November 12, 2014
How do you know which ones to avoid because they raise concerns and have been linked to serious health problems, including endocrine disruption and cancer?


Smithsonian/Hakai, January 14, 2021
More than 90 percent of lightning bolts strike over the continents, but the lightning that strikes the ocean can be far more intense.

Science, January 14, 2021
When darkness comes, electric eels emerge from South American river bottoms to attack their prey with up to 860 volts of electricity—enough to kill a person. Now, scientists have revealed the snakelike fish don’t always go it alone.

Cosmos, December 05, 2020
The energy a plant devotes to its roots depends on its proximity to other plants, according to a new study.

Science News, January 13, 2021
Pure insights plus a boom in data transformed our understanding of Earth.

Treehugger, December 27, 2019
If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing a flock of starlings fly together, then you know it's like watching a shape-shifting cloud, a single being moving and twisting in unpredictable formations in the sky.


Inside Climate News, January 18, 2021
Much of the South’s early communications infrastructure was installed in the 1960s, expanded during the 1980s and 1990s, and is nearing the end of its life span.

The Revelator, January 06, 2021
Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species — many unseen for decades — may no longer exist due to humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.

National Geographic, January 14, 2021
Little on-the-ground damage to the parks has been seen since they were shrunk in 2017. But conservationists say the sooner they can be properly protected again, the better.

Science Daily, January 18, 2021
Researchers describe future changes to the tropical rain belt with expected climate change. The changes will cause droughts in large sections of the globe, threatening biodiversity and food security.

New York Times, January 20, 2021
Over four years, the Trump administration dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals.


Science Daily, January 13, 2021
An international team looked at 20 years of data from throughout the world and found that record-breaking temperatures are contributing to a significant decrease in plants' ability to absorb human-caused carbon emissions.

E&E News, January 20, 2021
Joe Biden will spend his first hours as president trying to obliterate much of the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda, restore public land protections and reestablish the United States as a global leader on climate change policy.

ECO, January 19, 2021
Scientists used a 600-year-old marine sponge to reconstruct a record of ocean temperature in the North Atlantic revealing past volcanic activity as well as the current global warming trend from the release of carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gasses into Earth's atmosphere and absorbed by the oceans.

New York Times, January 15, 2021
A survey carried out after the November election found that 66 percent of respondents said that developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority.

The Guardian, January 14, 2021
Report says not enough funding is being made available to deal with effects of extreme weather.