Sci-News Roundup August 28 - September 03 2021
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STAT, August 24, 2021
“The biological implications [of identifying a resistance gene] are important because it will provide one more piece in the assembly of the puzzle of the pathogenesis of Covid,”

NPR/Goats & Soda, August 30, 2021
A series of new studies ... suggests that mRNA vaccines ... trigger the immune system to establish long-term protection against severe COVID-19 — protection that likely will last several years or even longer.

The Guardian, August 31, 2021
A new Covid variant detected in South Africa has made headlines around the world.


Mental Floss, April 20, 2021
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Physics Today, August 26, 2021
Aside from being worth thousands or millions of dollars at auction, Einstein’s handwriting is a microcosm of his turbulent life.

Quanta, August 18, 2021 (Philip Ball)
By showing that even large objects can exhibit bizarre quantum behaviors, physicists hope to illuminate the mystery of quantum collapse, identify the quantum nature of gravity, and perhaps even make Schrödinger’s cat a reality.

Scientific American, June 02, 2021
It's all in the eyes! There is a surprising correlation between baseline pupil size and several measures of cognitive ability.

Europa, July 06, 2021
The ancient Egyptians left behind a plethora of papyri containing valuable written information but most of these have remained unpublished and unstudied.

Phys.Org, August 27, 2021
Egg-shape has long attracted the attention of mathematicians, engineers, and biologists from an analytical point of view.


Science Daily, August 26, 2021
Mission would be viable if it doesn’t exceed four years, international research team concludes.

Science News, August 30, 2021
Some planets in the habitable zone are not good for life, but others outside it might be.

EurekAlert!, August 23, 2021
Astronomers have succeeded for the first time in quantifying the proton and electron components of cosmic rays in a supernova remnant.

Universe Today, August 21, 2021
Measuring distances to stuff in space is really, really hard.

EOS, August 30, 2021
New research suggests a more settled terminology for Martian aeolian landforms based on size and geomorphology.


MIT Technology Review, August 31, 2021
Hurricane Ida offers the latest reminder that we need to rapidly rebuild our systems to withstand increasingly extreme events.

Mongabay, August 30, 2021
Like individual bees working toward a common, greater goal, practitioners of agroecology tend have a positive multiplication effect in their territory.

The Conversation, August 26, 2021
Since renewable energy generation isn’t available all the time – it happens when the wind blows or the sun shines – storage is essential.

Futurity, August 30, 2021
New “smart clothing” uses conductive nanotube thread to continuously monitor the heart.

BBC Future, August 25, 2021
Huge amounts of plastic ends up rivers and oceans every year, harming the environment and potentially also human health. But what if we could pull it out of water with the power of magnets?

Washington Post, August 29, 2021
You pay for Facebook with your privacy. Here’s how it keeps raising the price.


Nature, August 20, 2021
A simple model suggests that there’s no fast way to rid hands of virus-sized particles.

NIH News in Health, August, 2021
Take a look at your nails. They could give insight about possible health concerns.

The Guardian, August 22, 2021
The straight leg hip lift simultaneously activates hamstrings, glutes and core.

Knowable, August 21, 2021
Polypharmacy — taking five or more meds at a time — leads to side effects, unnecessary hospitalizations and premature deaths. Researchers and pharmacists are seeking solutions to this serious public health problem that disproportionately affects older adults.

Sci-News, August 31, 2021
Eating 30-60 grams (15% of energy) of walnuts every day for two years lowered levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or ‘bad’) cholesterol and reduced the number of total LDL particles in elderly individuals.

Science Daily, August 27, 2021
Physical fitness is a powerful predictor of health outcomes.


BBC News, August 29, 2021
Evidence has been building recently that supplementary feeding could disrupt a delicate ecological balance beyond our windowsills and gardens

Treehugger, August 30, 2021
High technology meets art in these colorized micrographs.

WBUR, August 24, 2021
It was likely a top predator at the time, similar to what a killer whale is today.

Cosmos, August 31, 2021
Charting the fluctuations of the planet’s magnetic field using palaeomagnetism.

Deutsche Welle, August 27, 2021
Only think of birds when they poop or migrate overhead? Well, think again. Numbering between 50 and 400 billion in the world, there are way more of them than there are of us.

Nature, August 24, 2021
As the continents’ frozen burden dissipates, the ground deforms — not only in the immediate area, but also in far-flung locations.


Scientific American, August 30, 2021
Legal and practical obstacles make it difficult to clean the burn pits and health-damaging chemicals that remain at military bases.

NOAA, April 27, 2016
Harmful algal blooms...occur when colonies of algae — simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater — grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals and birds.

The Guardian, August 31, 2021
Food and water were thought to be the main ways humans are exposed to PFAS, but study points to risk of breathing them in

Nature, August 30, 2021
Here’s how the United Nations should harness science and technology to improve nutrition and safeguard the environment.

The Conversation, August 25, 2021
For almost 100 years, Sudbury’s community and environment were blanketed in sulfur dioxide and metals released from the smelting of nickel ore.


Cosmos, August 31, 2021
Changing climate will see a surge in extreme-sea-level events.

The Guardian, July 08, 2021 (George Monbiot)
The fossil-fuel multinationals fund ‘thinktanks’ and ‘research institutes’. But it’s gullible public service broadcasters that give them credibility.

Washington Post, August 30, 2021
Unusually high temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are “like stepping on the accelerator,” a scientist says

Nature, August 25, 2021
Carbon dioxide reductions are key, but the IPCC’s latest report highlights the benefits of making cuts to other greenhouse gases, too.

New Yorker, August 25, 2021 (Bill McKibben)
“Greenwashing” is too kind a term; this is more like careful sabotage.