Sci-News Roundup May 14 - May 20, 2022
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Scientific American, May 13, 2022
Some over-the-counter medications can help symptoms, and there are ways to ease isolation

Nature, May 12, 2022
Decision-makers discussing landmark agreements on health and biodiversity must include four actions to reduce the risk of animals and people exchanging viruses.
SftPublic 2020 program on spillover: Spillover! Virus Transmission from Animals-to-Humans

NPR/Goats & Soda, May 18, 2022
"Exactly where and how they [people] acquired their infections remains under urgent investigation," the U.K. Health Security Agency [UKHSA] said in a statement.

AP News, May 19, 2022
COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States — and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking.


Phys.Org, May 17, 2022
Researchers believe the discovery proves that Denisovans—a now-extinct branch of humanity—lived in the warm tropics of southeast Asia.

The The Marginalian, May 10, 2022
“A history of exercise is not really — or certainly not only — a history of the body. It is, equally, perhaps even primarily, a history of the mind.”

Plus, April 22, 2022
Although we all know turbulence, nobody properly understands it. To scientists, mathematicians and engineers it presents a huge challenge — which is why the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge (INI) is currently hosting a major research program on the topic.

New York Times, May 12, 2022
The discovery in Turkey led to a looting charge against the home-builders and captured a time when the Neo-Assyrian Empire was the region’s dominant power.

The Guardian, May 15, 2022
in 2018, the country spent an average of $10,637 on healthcare per person, almost twice as much as other large and wealthy countries, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. And yet, compared with those countries, the US had a significantly lower life expectancy and the worst healthcare quality and access.


EOS, May 13, 2022
Plants grown in lunar regolith collected by Apollo missions successfully grew from seed to sprout, lending insight into future lunar agriculture prospects.

Ars Technica, May 18, 2022
Planning a trip to the Andromeda Galaxy? Not so fast.

Science Alert, May 17, 2022
 New evidence...suggests that the sounds take place high up in the atmosphere even when we can't hear them – even, perhaps, when we can't see the northern lights at all.

Universe Today, May 17, 2022
The discovery occurred when the team was examining data from the Kepler Space Telescope to monitor distant stars for tiny dips in brightness, which is used to confirm the presence of transiting exoplanets (aka. the Transit Method).

Physics Today, May 13, 2022
Nearly a decade of collisions and a decade of analysis together yield the fundamental particle’s mass with the highest precision to date.


TechXplore, May 17, 2022
The team from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering generated electricity from heat radiated as infrared light, in the same way as the Earth cools by radiating into space at night.

Nature, May 11, 2022
A protein in cerebrospinal fluid helps boost cells that maintain brain function.

Horizon (EU), October 26, 2021
The wind blows, the sun shines and the waves lap their shores. Harnessing these renewable energy sources (RES) has tremendous potential to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuels-derived energy.

Cosmos, May 16, 2022
Nanoscale fluorine rings may be the future of desalination.

NPR, May 17, 2022
Agriculture in the U.S. accounts for 10% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. And yet, polls show most traditional farmers don't believe they contribute to climate change. Harvest Public Media's Dana Cronin reports on a program designed to get farmers in the fight against climate change by focusing on a different environmental issue they do believe in.

Wired, May 11, 2022
A surprising number of the top 100,000 websites effectively include keyloggers that covertly snag everything you type into a form.


CNN Health, May 14, 2022
There’s been a lot of debate about how often we need to bathe — and the answer might be less than you think.

Environmental Health News, May 19, 2022
Health care practitioners and regulators need to address the chemicals in everyday products that are in part spurring the obesity crisis.

Prevention, December 26, 2019
From overhead triceps extensions to chair dips, these triceps exercises will tone your back-arm muscles right up.

Harvard Health, October 14, 2020
Approximately one in three Americans has high blood pressure, but only about half of those who do have the condition under control.

Web MD, February 17, 2021
Even if your bedtime changes nightly, or you wake up at wildly different times each morning, there's probably one position that's your favorite for slumber.

Science News, May 19, 2022
The instances are still rare and parents shouldn’t panic.


Scientific American, June 01, 2022 issue
They scurried in the shadows of dinosaurs for millions of years until a killer space rock created a new world of evolutionary opportunity.

Live Science, May 11, 2022
Whirlpools are ominous vortices with the power to suck nearby objects into a watery spiral. Take a look beneath the surface.

Cosmos, May 17, 2022
New study suggests soil biocrusts may reduce global dust emissions by more than 55%.

Quanta, April 13, 2022
The Tonga eruption in January was “basically like Krakatoa 2.” This time, geophysicists could explain the tiny tsunamis that cropped up all over the planet, solving a 139-year-old mystery about Tonga’s predecessor.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Alkalinity refers to water’s ability to neutralize acid. We hear a lot about the problem of ocean acidification, which is driven by the reaction of carbon dioxide and water.


Particle, February 25, 2022
Could regenerative farming be the future of WA food production?

Environmental Health News, May 15, 2022 (Peter Dykstra)
The General Mining Law of 1872 turned 150 this month. It hasn’t changed a bit.

The Guardian, May 14, 2022
Mounting tensions with Russia, a global pandemic and a reckless scramble for nuclear energy: the echoes of 1957 are alarming – we would do well to heed them.

Yale Environment 360, May 10, 2022
As rising seas increase saltwater intrusion and soaring temperatures cause greater evaporation, scientists say that the mounting levels of salt in waters and in soils pose a major climate-related danger and could become a leading cause of climate migration globally.

Grist, May 16, 2022
The funding was allocated to 265 sites around the country known as “brownfields” — old railroad facilities, mines, illegal dumping grounds, and other sites with a high concentration of hazardous substances such as lead or asbestos.


The Revelator, May 13, 2022
New research highlights ways to tackle our two greatest environmental challenges — at the same time

The Conversation, May 11, 2022
The 1.5°C goal requires immediate, large and sustained cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. But emissions are currently surging upwards as the global economy recovers from COVID-19.

EurekAlert!, May 16, 2022
Methane emissions have been increasing rapidly in recent years, contributing significantly to global warming. Despite this, methane is not adequately treated within existing national and international governance frameworks.

Common Dreams, May 17, 2022
"Either we drive the fossil fuel industry into extinction—or the human race."

The Guardian, May 13, 2022 (George Monbiot)
Techno-utopianism is popular precisely because it doesn’t challenge the status quo, and lets polluters off the hook.