Sci-News Roundup May 13 - May 19, 2023
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May 10 Why AI Can Seem Sentient (video available)
May 30 Unusual Brain Adaptations (rescheduled from April 11)
June 01 Microbial Ecosystems: The Foundation of Life (rescheduled from 04/25)


Live Science, May 16, 2023
A look at 21 ancient Egyptian mummified children reveals that one-third of them had a blood disorder known as anemia.

Quanta, May 11, 2023
Minhyong Kim is leading a new initiative called Mathematics for Humanity that encourages mathematicians to apply their skills to solving social problems.

The Conversation, May 15, 2023
Human DNA can be sequenced from small amounts of water, sand and air in the environment to potentially extract identifiable information like genetic lineage, gender, and health risks, according to our new research.

Education Week, May 10, 2023
The [ChatGPT] technology has poured an accelerant on a conversation already underway: Now that AI is shaping nearly every aspect of our lives and is expected to transform fields from medicine to agriculture to policing, what do students need to understand about AI to be prepared for the world of work? To be a smart consumer and a responsible citizen?

Science Daily, May 09, 2023
By integrating contemporary and ancient mitochondrial DNA, the team found evidence of at least two migrations: one during the last ice age, and one during the subsequent melting period. Around the same time as the second migration, another branch of the same lineage migrated to Japan, which could explain Paleolithic archeological similarities between the Americas, China, and Japan.

Phys.Org, May 16, 2023
Keeping gummies in good condition depends on their formulation and storage, both of which alter how the molecules in the candies link together.


Universe Today, May 11, 2023
Did humanity miss the party? Are SETI, the Drake Equation, and the Fermi Paradox all just artifacts of our ignorance about Advanced Life in the Universe? And if we are wrong, how would we know?

EarthSky, May 16, 2023
The explosion, dubbed AT2021lwx, has lasted for more than three years. That’s in contrast to an ordinary supernova – or exploding star – which might be bright for only a few months. Plus, AT2021lwx appears to shine 10 times more brightly than any known supernova.

Cosmos, May 12, 2023
A phenomenon never before seen has just been observed around a fast radio burst by an international team of researchers.

Symmetry, May 16, 2023
Just because matter is visible doesn’t mean it’s easy to see.

Science News, May 11, 2023
Analyzing light from supernova Refsdal provides a new value of the Hubble constant


The Guardian, May 16, 2023
Sam Altman says before Senate judiciary committee that he supports guardrails for technology to minimize harms

Science Alert, May 17, 2023
An antibiotic developed some 80 years ago before being abandoned and forgotten could again offer exciting new solutions, this time to the emerging threat of drug-resistant superbugs.

Grist, May 15, 2-23
A new study says the practice could slash landfill emissions by as much as 84 percent.

Cosmos, May 12, 2023
The fungi studied in the research are common in nature – Aspergillus terreus, a soil mold and Engyodontium album – and have special enzymes that aid the breakdown of plastic.

New York Times, May 16, 2023
A provocative paper from researchers at Microsoft claims A.I. technology shows the ability to understand the way people do. Critics say those scientists are kidding themselves.

TechXplore, May 12, 2023
Last year, the world built more new solar capacity than every other power source combined. Solar is now growing much faster than any other energy technology in history. How fast? Fast enough to completely displace fossil fuels from the entire global economy before 2050.


Everyday Health, May 16, 2023
A new study opens a conversation about just how much we know — and don’t know — when it comes to the benefits of medical cannabis.

Healthline, March 26, 2023
An elliptical machine provides a low impact cardio workout. It can benefit your overall fitness, including increasing your stamina and strengthening your upper and lower body.

Vox, May 12, 2023
Beans are protein-rich, sustainable, and delicious. Why doesn’t the US eat more of them? (Includes list)

New York Times, February 03, 2023
Taking a few minutes to do a puzzle — or stare into space — can allow you to return to work sharper and more creative.

Eating Well, January 25 2022
Dietitians turn to these healthy, science-backed foods for a better night's sleep.

The Guardian, May 14, 2023
Study after study has found links between poor health and a sedentary lifestyle. How great is the danger – and can you really fix things with exercise or by sitting on a gym ball?


Futurity, May 16, 2023
About 100 million years ago, a group of trendsetting moths started flying during the day rather than at night, taking advantage of nectar-rich flowers that had co-evolved with bees. This single event led to the evolution of all butterflies.

The Collector, May 15, 2023
With advances in technology, it is now possible to bring many extinct animals back from the dead. Here are some of the animals that scientists are considering resurrecting.

Ars Technica, May 15, 2023
Biology, geology, and chemistry all worked together to make the present atmosphere.

New York Times, May 10, 2023
Snowflakes of yeast in a lab offer insights into how life on Earth transitioned from single-celled into multicellular organisms.

Treehugger, October 18, 2022
A surefire way to discern between these two canines? Check the snout and ears.


Carbon Brief, May 10, 2023
The environmental footprint of coffee varies widely from country to country and from farm to farm. Some countries have a relatively large amount of coffee-related deforestation, while others have little. One 2020 review paper found that switching to sustainable coffee-growing could reduce the crop’s carbon footprint by more than 75%.

The Conversation, January 17, 2023
The fragile ecosystems deep in the oceans are little understood, and the mining codes to sustainably mine these areas are in their infancy.

TechXplore, May 12, 2023
The nation's largest public utility released plans Friday to build a new natural gas plant in Tennessee, largely dismissing renewable energy alternatives one day after the Biden administration proposed strict new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Guardian, May 12, 2023
Chemicals yield profit of about $4 billion a year for the world’s biggest PFAS manufacturers, Sweden-based NGO found.

Inside Climate News, May 16, 2023
A study finds one plastics recycling plant in the U.K. produces as much as 3 million pounds of microplastics a year—and that’s with filtering.


The Guardian, May 17, 2023
UN agency says El Niño and human-induced climate breakdown could combine to push temperatures into ‘uncharted territory.’

DeSmog, May 12, 2023
High level links between polluting sectors and bank directors could be acting as a block to climate action, campaigners warn.

Common Dreams, May 15, 2023
More than 1,000 scientists and academics in over 21 countries engaged in nonviolent protest last week under the banner of Scientist Rebellion to demand a just and equitable end to the fossil fuel era.

Nature, May 15, 2023
Fossil-fuel firms report vast earnings as spending needed to curb climate change lags behind.

The Conversation, May 11, 2023
Many power plant operators considered the technology too risky. And the high number of projects suspended or terminated has prevented economies of scale that could lower the costs.