Sci-News Roundup November 07 - November 13 2020
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Science, November 09, 2020
Peter Hotez, a vaccine researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, speaks for many scientists when he says that despite the “apparently good news,” he would keep the champagne corked. “It’s always hard to read the tea leaves of a company press release,” without the underlying data.

Science News, November 11, 2020
Experts continue to emphasize the importance of masks, social distancing and other public health measures

MIT Technology Review, October 28, 2020
Dining out is one of the riskiest things you can do—but it doesn’t have to be, if you follow these steps.

New York Times, November 04, 2020
Government officials said on Wednesday that a mutation in the virus could interfere with vaccine effectiveness in humans.

Science Daily, November 11, 2020
Death, re-hospitalization, and problems with basic activities, jobs, mental health and finances seen in many patients treated at 38 Michigan hospitals


Science News, November 10, 2020
Mistakes from the past demonstrate the reliability of science.

Quanta, November 09, 2020
For almost a century, the anonymous members of Nicolas Bourbaki have written books intended as pure expressions of mathematical thought.

Cosmos, October 29, 2020
Study looks at why some of us don’t remember things.

The Guardian, November 04, 2020
Study of Mount Pleasant site suggests it was constructed over decades, not centuries.

NPR/Shots, November 11, 2020 (w/audio)
Food science writer Harold McGee was in the middle of writing Nose Dive, his book about the science of smell, when he woke up one morning and realized that he couldn't smell his own coffee.


Sci-News, November 10, 2020
The mean temperature of gas across the Universe has increased more than 10 times over the last 10 billion years and reached about 2 million Kelvin today, according to new research.

Universe Today, November 11, 2020
Meteorites often offer terrific glimpses into worlds we are unable to otherwise access.  

Symmetry, November 10, 2020
Nearly 75 years after the puzzling first detection of the kaon, scientists are still looking to the particle for hints of physics beyond their current understanding.

Phys.Org, November 06, 2020
Astrophysicists consider that around 40% of the ordinary matter that makes up stars, planets and galaxies remains undetected, concealed in the form of a hot gas in the complex cosmic web. 

Cosmos, November 05, 2020
Two teams spot first event in the Milky Way.


TechXPlore, November 11, 2020
Camels have evolved a seemingly counter-intuitive approach to keeping cool while conserving water in a scorching desert environment: They have a thick coat of insulating fur. Applying essentially the same approach, researchers at MIT have now developed a system that could help keep things like pharmaceuticals or fresh produce cool in hot environments, without the need for a power supply.

Anthropocene, November 05, 2020
Dynamic windows could do double duty in sustainable building design, cooling and powering at the same time.

WBUR, November 10, 2020 (w/audio)
Fickle weather and fluctuating prices make farming a risky business, so five years ago, Knowlton installed a new cash crop: solar energy.

New York Times, November 02, 2020
When off-duty, many astronauts float in the cupola watching the vistas scroll below.

The Guardian, November 10, 2020
International Energy Agency expects green electricity to end coal’s 50-year reign by 2025.


Quartz, October 05, 2018
Light exercise does more to boost cognitive function than relaxing for the same amount of time.

Science Times, November 07, 2020
Researchers from the University of Oulu studied the differences between early birds and night owls to challenge stereotypes associated with each chronotype.

The Guardian, January 27, 2020
The 8x8 rule has become a health goal for many. But when it comes to healthy skin, eyes and having bags of energy, the research tells another story

Treehugger, November 09, 2020
Once you start wearing indoor slippers, you'll never go back.

Knowable, November 06, 2020
Itching has myriad causes and mechanisms, many of which remain elusive. Scientists are making headway on parsing its biological underpinnings, in hope of better treatments.


Science Alert, November 11, 2020
The remains of a giant, ancient lake have been discovered under Greenland, buried deep below the ice sheet in the northwest of the country and estimated to be hundreds of thousands of years old, if not millions, scientists say.

BBC News, November 08, 2020
On a tiny stretch of the fast-flowing Valsan river in Romania lives one of the rarest fish in Europe, and quite possibly the world.

National Geographic, June 12, 2019
Whatever you choose to call them, these monster storms are powerful natural events with the capacity to wreak incredible havoc.

The Guardian, November 07, 2020
Transmitter attached to dorsal fin of shark with Twitter following had not sent a definitive message for a year and a half.

EarthSky, November 08, 2020
A form of arcus cloud (along with wall clouds), these striking formations look like a long bar or shelf of cloud below a storm cloud.


Science Daily, November 06, 2020
Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change, a new study has found. In a worst-case scenario this loss could increase to 23% over the next 80 years.

New York Times, November 07, 2020
The iceberg, known as A68a, broke apart from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has been drifting ever since.

The Conversation, November 05, 2020
Shellfish such as scallops, mussels and oysters – bivalve molluscs – readily take up tiny specs of metals into their tissues and shells.

Washington Post, November 07, 2020
Scientists long thought that the ground beneath the northern coasts of Alaska was permanently frozen.

Ensia, November 05, 2020
Progress, loopholes and contradictions converge as the world’s most populous country works to lower the odds of another global pandemic.


New York Times, November 08, 2020
The first 100 days of the Biden administration are likely to see a flurry of executive actions on climate change.

The Guardian, November 10, 2020
Dozens of people have died this year as Theta becomes 29th major storm.

Inside Climate News, November 10, 2020
Though scientists know that clouds are critical to the climate system, their exact role is still uncertain. New studies are starting to fill in the knowledge gap.

ProPublica, November 10, 2020
Instead of moving away from areas in climate crisis, Americans are flocking to them. As land in places like Phoenix, Houston and Miami becomes less habitable, the country’s migration patterns will be forced to change.

Science, November 05, 2020
Tractors, fertilizer, and pesticides all contribute to global warming.