Sci-News Roundup March 11 - March 17, 2023
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Live Science, March 14, 2023
To celebrate Pi Day, we asked several mathematicians to tell us their favorite non-pi numbers. Here are some of their answers.

Mental Floss, March 13, 2023 (scroll down)
“I have no special talents,” Einstein once said, “I am only passionately curious.” Here are some facts about the physicist who gave us wild hair and E=MC^2.

Scientific American, March 07, 2023
Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns, is a widely acknowledged phenomenon. Studies indicate this fear is present among both adults and children in many different cultures.

Phys.Org, March 14, 2023
The research team suggests that unique burial rites were performed that were meant to prevent the person that had died from escaping.

Quanta, January 19, 2023
Mathematicians have uncovered a surprising wealth of rock-paper-scissors-like patterns in randomly chosen dice.

The Conversation, March 06, 2023
Researchers are discovering that “springing ahead” each March is connected with serious negative health effects, including an uptick in heart attacks and teen sleep deprivation.


SciTech Daily, March 12, 2023
Sand dunes of many shapes and sizes are common on Mars. In this example, the dunes are almost perfectly circular, which is unusual.

Nautilus, March 06, 2023
It depends on how far forward you let the clock run.

Sci-News, March 13, 2023
The invention...provides the first-ever practical blueprint for creating in the lab a wormhole that verifiably bridges space, as a probe into the inner workings of the Universe.

Physics Today, January, 2018
The rapid neutron-capture process needed to build up many of the elements heavier than iron seems to take place primarily in neutron-star mergers, not supernova explosions.

Treehugger, March 09, 2023
A group of scientists want a legally-binding treaty to ensure Earth’s orbit isn’t irreparably harmed.


MIT Technology Review, March 14, 2023
We got a first look at the much-anticipated big new language model from OpenAI. But this time how it works is even more deeply under wraps.

TechXplore, March 14, 2023
These apps require little to no technical expertise from the abusers; offer detailed installation instructions; and only need temporary access to a victim's device.

Nature, March 10, 2023
While society grapples with the social and ethical implications of heritable genome editing, technical obstacles still abound.

Science News, March 10, 2023
Forgoing irrigation can save water and produce more flavorful fruits and vegetables

Cosmos, March 09, 2023
The enzyme, from soil-dwelling bacteria, is super tough and could be a good component of fuel cells.

CNN, March 10, 202
What if doctors could just print a kidney, using cells from the patient, instead of having to find a donor match and hope the patient’s body doesn’t reject the transplanted kidney?


Environmental Health News, March 15, 2023
The Biden administration announcement comes after years of pleas from exposed communities, scientists and health and environmental activists.

Everyday Health, January 27, 2023
Although exercise at any time has benefits, a new study has found that a midday workout is linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease. and cancer.

Healthline, December 10, 2021
Studies suggest that some foods can help decrease chronic inflammation. These include olive oil, as well as certain berries and fruit, vegetables, spices, and fish. 

Scientific American, March 07, 2023
The results of a test involving dozens of employers and thousands of employees suggests that working only four days instead of five is good for workers’ well-being—without hurting companies.

The Guardian, March 12, 2023
It’s never too early or late to use nutrition to improve brain health. From iodine intake to avoiding ultra-processed foods, here’s what to bear in mind.

CNN Health, March 15, 2023
Each year, a rotating list of produce is tested by USDA staffers who wash, peel or scrub fruits and vegetables as consumers would before the food is examined for 251 different pesticides.


Gizmodo, March 14, 2023 (w/video clip)
Researchers believe the behavior could be a clue to why humans seek out altered mental states.

Earth, March 14, 2023
It is not often that a new arrival becomes established because it eats the local residents. But this is what appears to be happening with brown widow spiders (Latrodectus geometricus) in the southern states of the U.S.

Some specimens of petrified wood are such accurate preservations that people do not realize they are fossils until they pick them up and are shocked by their weight

Hakai, March 14, 2023
Seaweed farmers promise to feed us, combat climate change, support coastal communities, provide wildlife habitat, and more. Can seaweed do it all?

Discover, March 10, 2023
Ah, springtime: The sun is finally out, birds are chirping, buds are blooming — and your plans are likely getting rained on. Here’s why there is so much rain in the spring.


Chemistry World, March 13, 2023
Although enthusiasm for atomic energy has waxed and waned over the decades, the question of waste has yet to be solved

NPR, March 13, 2023
The Biden administration has approved a massive new oil drilling project in Alaska, over the objections of environmental advocates who have said greenlighting the plan would violate the president's climate goals.

The Guardian, March 10, 2023
The lawn replacement – largely fallen out of favor in professional sports these days – contains large amounts of toxic chemicals

New Yorker, March 09, 2023
Whether the treaty will live up to its potential remains uncertain. It doesn’t have many specific provisions—some diplomats might call its vagueness “constructive ambiguity”—and is instead meant to serve as a scaffold for future initiatives.

The American Prospect, March 09, 2023
The history of the captured federal agencies that reassure the public after chemical disasters should give East Palestine residents pause.


Carbon Brief, March 13, 2023
Greenhouse gases resulting from rotted and otherwise wasted food accounts for around half of all global food system emissions, according to a new study.

Europa.EU, March 08, 2023
While barely being given a second thought by most people, the masses of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere play a big role in global warming.

The Guardian, March 06, 2023
Vast releases of gas, along with future ‘methane bombs’, represent huge threat – but curbing emissions would rapidly reduce global heating

Cosmos, March 09, 2023
New research shows exactly how the smoke depleted ozone.

Inside Climate News, March 14, 2023
More frequent and moisture laden weather surges highlight how California’s wet and dry cycles are being sharpened by the warming climate.