Sci-News Roundup April 03 - April 09, 2021
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Scientific American, March 31, 2021
Antibodies can change to counter new forms of the shape-shifting virus, research hints.

The Conversation, April 06, 2021
We are in a race against time to get global transmission rates low enough to prevent the emergence and spread of new variants.

Science Daily, March 31, 2021
The field test, called NIRVANA, can simultaneously detect and sequence SARS-CoV-2, influenza and other viruses.

Nature, April 01, 2021
For the vast majority of people, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. But further research is needed to understand the causes of rare adverse events.

New York Times, April 05, 2021
A new formulation entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic.


The Conversation, March 31, 2021
Even the biggest chocolate lovers, though, might not recognize what this ancient food has in common with kimchi and kombucha: its flavors are due to fermentation.

Sci-News, April 01, 2021
The discovery challenges the idea that the origins of our species were linked to coastal environments.

Knowable, March 30, 2021
The purpose of play — for children, monkeys, rats or meerkats — has proved surprisingly hard to pin down. Scientists continue to toss around ideas.

Deutsche Welle, March 31, 2021
Man and woman with nothing in between, gender as identical to sex ― those who deny the existence of intersex and transgender people like to point to biology. But science actually proves them wrong.

Quanta, April 05, 2021
Fifty years ago, Paul Erdős and two other mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team of mathematicians has finally settled it.


New York Times, April 07, 2021
NOTE: This is a big deal, so we've added 2 additional articles (one from Fermilab)
Experiments with particles known as muons suggest that there are forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the cosmos that are not yet known to science.

Nature, March 16, 2021
No signs of past life have emerged yet, but rocks at the landing site show signs of having been shaped by wind and water.

Science News, April 05, 2021
Super-chilled anti-atoms offer a new way to test symmetry and Einstein's theory of gravity.

Phys.Org, April 06, 2021
The universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, and while no one is sure why, researchers with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) have updated a strategy for figuring it out.


The Verge, April 05, 2021
Imagine a future with a mask you forget you’re wearing.

The Guardian, April 04, 2021
Buildings covered in plants do more than just make the cityscape attractive – they contribute to human well-being and action on climate change.

Anthropocene, April 06, 2021
A clever study suggests that you simply can’t unknow your food's carbon footprint.

Science Daily, March 31, 2021
Artificial living organisms can move material in swarms and record information
Scientists up to create the next version of Xenobots - tiny biological robots that self-assemble, carry out tasks, and can repair themselves. Now they can move faster, and record information.

TechXplore, April 01, 2021
Substituting the inefficient glazing areas of buildings with energy efficient smart glazing windows has great potential to decrease energy consumption for lighting and temperature control.


Washington Post, April 05, 2021
Here are two facts about potatoes: They’re extremely nutritious and you should probably cut back on how often you eat them.

Cosmos, April 06, 2021
Researchers highlight five important facts to help curb allergy symptoms.

Science Daily, March 31, 2021
Link is with processed meat but not with unprocessed red meat or poultry

Medical News Today, June 01, 2018
Box breathing is a simple technique that a person can do anywhere, including at a work desk or in a cafe.

The Guardian, April 07, 2021
Researchers believe a factor is a chemical used in drycleaning and household products such as shoe polishes and carpet cleaners in the US.


Treehugger, April 01, 2021
Wolf packs are nuclear families led by dominant 'alpha wolves,' or parents

Cosmos, April 08, 2021
Magma viscosity could help scientists identify the hazards of future eruptions.

Live Science, March 31, 2021
Heavy rains preceded the worms' appearance.

The Guardian, April 07, 2021
Genetic sequencing dating back 45,000 years shows intermixing with Neanderthals more common than previously thought

Quanta, March 31, 2021
Embryonic cells can self-assemble into new living forms that don’t resemble the bodies they usually generate, challenging old ideas of what defines an organism.


BBC News, April 05, 2021
For years it was only environmental groups that objected to the idea of digging up metals from the deep sea. But now BMW, Volvo, Google and Samsung are lending their weight to calls for a moratorium on the proposals.

C&EN, April 06, 2021
The chemicals were found in rural and urban rainwater.

The Guardian, April 07, 2021
The healthcare climate footprint is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 514 coal-fired plants but health workers are finding ways to cut waste.

Inside Climate News, April 07, 2021
To prosecute and imprison political leaders and corporate executives would require a parsing of legal boundaries and a recalibration of criminal accountability.

Scientific American/E&E News, April 05, 2021
More of the coastal vegetation could lessen stress on corals and shellfish.


Washington Post, April 05, 2021
The concentration of the heat-trapping gas topped 420 parts per million, while the planet has warmed more than two degrees.

New Yorker, April 03, 2021 (Bill McKibben)
A report by BlackRock, the world’s largest investment house, shows that those who have divested have profited not only morally but also financially.

Inside Climate News, April 02, 2021
The companies have been slow to make emissions reductions pledges, and have worked to undercut climate and environmental legislation.

Mongabay, March 31, 2021
As the planet warms, it isn’t just humans who are feeling the heat — trees are too. Rising temperatures are disrupting a primary engine of life on Earth: photosynthesis.

Science Daily, April 01, 2021
Researchers have confirmed for the first time that Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica could cross tipping points, leading to a rapid and irreversible retreat which would have significant consequences for global sea level.