Sci-News Roundup June 12 - June 18, 2021
General Interest  Cosmos   Innovation   Health  Nature  Environment  Climate

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Scientific American, June 09, 2021
A pan-coronavirus vaccine could be “one vaccine to rule them all,” and so far it has shown strong results in mice, hamsters, monkeys, horses and even sharks.

The Guardian, June 14, 2021
Concerns over impact on poorer countries, while richer governments try different containment measures

Common Dreams, June 15, 2021
"Misinformation, unsubstantiated claims, and personal attacks on scientists surrounding the different theories of how the virus emerged are unacceptable."


Elemental, June 01, 2021
The unusual history of whiskey surgery and cocaine tooth drops.

The Conversation, June 15, 2021
Cheating in baseball is as old as the game itself, and pitchers’ modifying the ball’s surface is part of that long history.

Phys.Org, June 15, 2021
The Boker Tachtit archaeological excavation Site in Israel's central Negev desert holds clues to one of the most significant events in human history: the spread of modern humans, Homo sapiens, from Africa into Eurasia, and the subsequent demise of Neanderthal populations in the region.

Quanta, June 10, 2021
The accelerating effort to understand the mathematics of quantum field theory will have profound consequences for both math and physics.

Cosmos, June 12, 2021
And why there’s still more to do.

Sci-News, June 02, 2021
The findings add to the debate over a long-standing theory that the first humans crossed the Bering Land Bridge into the Americas 13,000 years ago.

Physics World, June 08, 2021
Jim Al-Khalili is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Surrey and an award-winning science communicator. He has presented numerous TV documentaries and radio shows – including The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 – and has authored a dozen books.


Science News, June `14, 2021
The "area theorem" fascinates physicists because it mirrors a well-known physics rule that disorder, or entropy, can’t decrease over time. Instead, entropy consistently increases.

Universe Today, June 14, 2021
The combination of the planet’s size, its thick atmosphere, and its orbit around a small M-class star close to Earth provides researchers with an opportunity to learn more about exoplanet atmospheres.

Live Science, June 15, 2021 (w/video)
"There are structures so vast that entire galaxies are just specks of dust. These huge filaments are much, much bigger than clusters."

Phys.Org, June 14, 2021
In the first of its kind analysis, the team determined that solar flares and lightning from thunderstorms trigger unique changes to that edge of space, which is used for long-range communications such the GPS found in vehicles and airplanes.

Scientific American, June 08, 2021
Experts Weigh In on Pentagon UFO Report

Nature, June 10, 2021
A trove of new detections suggests that the bursts could be the result of at least two separate astrophysical phenomena.


Phys.Org, June 15, 2021
It will become a central component of ITER, a machine that replicates the fusion power of the sun. ITER is being built in southern France by 35 partner countries.

Yale Climate Connections, June 08, 2021
Are some geoengineering options too onerous to even be researched? Or a just-in-case desperate last-chance solution worthy of more research?

TechXplore, June 14, 2021
The losses mount over time, and can eventually sap the battery's energy storage capacity by 10-15%.

New York Times, June 12, 2021
Inside Silicon Valley’s 10-year quest to make soaring above a crowded city street as easy as calling an Uber.

MIT Technology Review, September 17, 2020
It’s time to reverse a century of fire-management policy. That will require sweeping regulatory reforms, and tons of money.


Science Daily, June 14, 2021
Red seaweeds have been prevalent in the diets of Asian communities for thousands of years. Researchers have now shown how these algae confer health benefits.

Discover, June 01, 2021
You know that dull, pins-and-needles sensation you get when your limbs fall asleep? Turns out, it has everything to do with our nervous systems. Here's why our hands and feet keep snoozing on us and what we can do to wake them up.

Sci Tech Daily, June 15, 2021 (w/products chart)
Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions,

Healthline, June 07, 2021
Studies have shown positive health benefits when including herbs and spices in the diet, including anti-inflammatory [properties].

BBC Science Focus, June 10, 2021
Our 24/7 society seems to be slowly robbing us of our slumber, but at what cost?

Mad in America, June 10, 2021 (Robert Whitaker)
To a large degree, the authors embrace an agenda for change—and a reconception of mental health.


The Guardian, June 12, 2021
The Cape Cod fisherman estimates he was in the beast’s mouth for 30 seconds; experts say the encounter was a fluke

Audubon, April 09, 2021
To power perilous journeys, birds undergo extreme feats like doubling their body weight and rearranging or even consuming their internal organs.

Treehugger, June 11, 2021
The situation could get deadlier for the gentle marine mammals in the winter.

NPR, June 13, 2021 (w/video)
They love to tear through the nutritious layer of decomposing leaves and nutrients that blanket the forest floor — a habit that can be very damaging to forests, including maple trees.

New York Times, June 11, 2021
Researchers are starting to investigate the species that drive alpine algal blooms to better understand their causes and effects.


Grist, June 07, 2021
Here's why, and what climate change has to do with it.

Science Daily, June 14, 2021
A new study uncovers where much of the carbonate consumption in the deep sea is happening - a process that prevents its escape into Earth's atmosphere.

Yale Climate Connections, June 08, 2021
Persistent ‘severe’ drought is having widespread negative impacts on California and other western states.

ECO, June 08, 2021
In the first study of its kind, UniSA researchers show that beach-cast seaweed provides shelter, and a range of micro-climates, in addition to food, that ensure the survival of many shore-bird species.

Inside Climate News, June 10, 2021
A new study finds that if all parts of the food system are included, food production is responsible for as much as 40 percent of global emissions.


New York Times, June 13, 2021
Energy experts said the failure of the G7 nations, which together produce about a quarter of the world’s climate pollution, to agree on a specific end date for the use of coal weakened their ability to lean on China to curb its own still-growing coal use. It may also make it more difficult to convince 200 nations to strike a bold climate agreement at [COP26].

Deutsche Welle, June 15, 2021
A research team that set sail for the Arctic has warned that the tipping point for irreversible global warming may have already been triggered.

MIT News, June 14, 2021
2021 Global Change Outlook from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change shows how more aggressive policies can sharply reduce climate risk.

Washington Post, June 11, 2021 (w/video)
West Antarctica’s Pine Island glacier is speeding up as its ice shelf disintegrates, new research shows.

The Guardian, June 14, 2021
California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah face extreme heat, worsening drought and raising risk of wildfires.