Sci-News Roundup June 25 - July 01, 2022
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MedicalXPress, June 28, 2022
The [research] team suggests that these "super-immunity" molecules, known as nanobodies, could be precursors to a fast-acting, inhalable antiviral treatment or spray that could potentially be stockpiled and used globally against the evolving pandemic and future viruses.

The Guardian, June 26, 2022
For many parents the availability of vaccination to the youngest age group is not before time but others plan to ‘wait and see.’

Smithsonian, June 24, 2022
Mired in misconception, the pox virus is endemic in certain African countries but was rarely reported in Europe and the U.S. until recently.


The Conversation, September 21, 2017
Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances were made in Europe, with its influence meanwhile spreading to China and the Middle East.

Sapiens, May 11, 2022
In a newly revised book, an anthropologist dismantles harmful untruths about society, including notions about the nature of differences between men and women.

Science Daily, June 27, 2022
For decades, scientists have studied these fossils of early human ancestors and their long-lost relatives. Now, a dating method developed by geologists just pushed the age of some of these fossils found at the site of Sterkfontein Caves back more than a million years. This would make them older than Dinkinesh, also called Lucy, the world's most famous Australopithecus fossil.

Scientific American, July 01, 2022
Oil and gas representatives influence the standards for courses and textbooks, from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Cosmos, June 28,2022
Populations of living things change a lot in nature. Figuring out patterns in these population changes requires some fairly difficult math.

History Net, June 27, 2022
The 19th Amendment giving women the vote was ratified in 1920, but birth control remained outlawed [in the US] —hence McCormick’s decade of diaphragm smuggling [from Europe].


Quanta, June 22, 2022
Quantum computers may derive their power from the “magical” way that properties of particles change depending on the context.

Physics Today, June 15, 2022
To develop best practices for evaluating the habitability of extraterrestrial environments, astrobiologists should learn from the work of ecologists studying life on Earth.

Symmetry, June 23, 2022 (one of the best science documentaries ever!)
The 2013 documentary Particle Fever follows physicists from the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC, CERN) through the discovery of the Higgs boson. Where are those physicists now?

Deutsche Welle, June 28, 2022
Astronomers have long used infrared technology — the same as in thermal imaging — to see deep space. Our biggest space telescope takes it to another level.

Phys Org, June 23, 2022
Symmetries make the world go round, but so do asymmetries. A case in point is an asymmetry known as charge–parity (CP) asymmetry, which is required to explain why matter vastly outnumbers antimatter in the present-day universe.


The Guardian, June 25, 2022
As early as November, the company will start delivery of what it describes as the “world’s first production-ready solar car” – the Lightyear-0.

New York Times, June 27, 2022
What do infectious diseases, T-cells, tomatoes, heart failure, sickle cell anemia and sorghum harvests have in common?

MIT Technology Review, July 08, 2021
Corporations and nations are touting plans to suck greenhouse gases out of the air. But the crucial priority this decade is slashing emissions.

TechXplore, June 27, 2022
This invention based on squid skin can insulate beverage cups, restaurant to-go bags, parcel boxes and, if you have enough rolls of it, shipping containers.

Cosmos, June 30, 2022
What works and what doesn’t in clickbait posts?

Washington Post, June 29, 2022
Members of fact-checking organizations from around the globe met last week for their first in-person conference in three years, confronting a world awash in baseless claims promoted by politicians and even governments and increasingly embraced by receptive audiences.


EatRight, June 23, 2022
When it comes to how much water to drink daily, most people recite the 8 x 8 rule. But, do you really need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses, or 64 ounces, of water every day?

The Guardian, June 29, 2022
There is stronger evidence than ever before that movement not only improves your mental health, but also protects it.

Johns Hopkins Health
In addition to great taste, ginger provides a range of health benefits that you can enjoy in many forms.

Medical News Today, June 11, 2022
Due to differing social and biological factors, men’s experiences of anxiety, from coping styles to treatment-seeking behaviors, differ from those of women.

Healthline, July 01, 2021
With seemingly endless food choices available — oftentimes in deceiving packaging — it can be hard to determine which foods are truly healthy and which ones are better left on the shelves.

Scientific American, May 03, 2022
The researcher who led the Turnaway Study explains how being denied an abortion had lasting negative effects on those who were forced to carry their pregnancies to term and on their children.


Earth, June 27, 2022
“Anthropogenic activities such as wood extraction and conversion of woodland and forests into small and large-scale farming have been a major contributor to land degradation across different geographical regions.

The Guardian, June 28, 2022
A new wave of scientists argues that mainstream evolutionary theory needs an urgent overhaul. Their opponents have dismissed them as misguided careerists – and the conflict may determine the future of biology.

Futurity, June 24, 2022
At 190 years old, Jonathan the Seychelles giant tortoise recently made news for being the “oldest living land animal in the world.”

Cosmos, June 26, 2022
With an average cell length of 9mm, it’s visible to the human eye.

EOS, March 25, 2022
A new initiative is bringing together scientists to address fundamental questions about subduction zone geo-hazards, using the latest advances in observation technology and computational resources.

Particle, April 07, 2022
These mysterious rocky blobs gave rise to all known life on Earth. But what in the world are they and how have they existed for billions of years?


Civil Eats, June 29, 2022
A looming Supreme Court ruling may limit federal action on potent greenhouse gas emissions. Plus: new food-focused climate solutions, another look at food miles, and even more nitrogen concerns.

The Guardian June 30, 2022
From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that don’t feed people – the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industry.

BBC Future Planet, June 14, 2022
Globally, light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years. But some 200 places around the world have now achieved Dark Sky status.

E&E Energy Wire, June 27, 2022
The Department of Energy retained a global public relations firm with longstanding fossil fuel ties, continuing a practice that ramped up during the Trump administration.

The Conversation, May 24, 2021
Instead of managing ecosystems to preserve particular species, rewilding is intended to reverse environmental decline by letting nature become more self-willed. That means allowing wildlife the freedom to flourish and habitats to regenerate naturally.

Science Daily, June 28, 2022
Every day, millions of Americans rely on natural gas to power appliances such as kitchen stoves, furnaces, and water heaters, but until now very little data existed on the chemical makeup of the gas once it reaches consumers.


Deutsche Welle, June 28, 2022
The Group of Seven summit has ended with only modest solutions to the global energy and food crises. The struggles of poorer nations were sidelined by Russia's disastrous war in Ukraine.

The Guardian, June 27, 2022
António Guterres says the world must turn the tide of rising sea levels, ocean heating, acidification and plastics pollution.

Inside Climate News, June 29, 2022
Rockets launched by billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson emit black carbon in the stratosphere, where it is 500 times worse for the climate than it is on Earth. Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ rockets burn liquid hydrogen and oxygen and pose a lesser climate threat.

New York Times, June 26, 2022
As leaders of the Group of 7 gather in Germany, the scramble to replace Russian fossil fuels is raising concerns that hard-won climate targets will be missed.

Nature, June 23, 2022
Meteorologists are forecasting a third consecutive year of La Niña. Some researchers say similar conditions could become more common as the planet warms.