Sci-News Roundup November 12 - November 18, 2022
General Interest  Cosmos   Innovation   Health  Nature  Environment  Climate

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Sept 13: Weighing In On Metabolism (video)



VIRUS

STAT, November 15, 2022
“We are now at a point were I believe if you’re up to date on your vaccines, you have access to treatments … there really should be no restrictions on people’s activities,” Jha said.

Scientific American, November 04 2022
Your questions answered about what RSV is, how it spreads, what vaccines are on the way and who is most at risk.

GENERAL INTEREST

EurekAlert! November 14, 2022
The question of when early man began using fire to cook food has been the subject of much scientific discussion for over a century.

Live Science, November 14, 2022
An 8-year-old boy recently killed a venomous cobra in India after receiving a venom-free "dry bite" from the snake and then biting back in retaliation.

Phys.Org, November 11, 2022
It's about electromagnetism, the law of how atoms and light interact, which explains everything from why you don't fall through the floor to why the sky is blue.

The Conversation, November 15, 2022
It couldn’t have been a case of better timing. Egyptologists celebrating the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, now have a promising new archaeological discovery that appears to have been made in Egypt.

Nature, November 11, 2022
After shocking the mathematics community with a major result in 2013, Yitang Zhang now says he has solved an analogue of the celebrated Riemann hypothesis.

Sapiens, May 31, 2022
Anthropologists have helped uncork the fascinating history of wine-making—from drunken primates to Stone Age seed domestication to intoxicating religious rite.


COSMOS

Science News, November 15, 2022
Almost 50 years after Apollo astronauts left the moon, the certainty of going back gets a boost
Infrared Capabilities of JWST Reveal Earliest Galaxies in the Young Universe.

Phys.Org, November 16, 2022
Researchers from the University of Groningen demonstrate that the infrared telescope shows details of galaxies from the time when the universe was only about 1 billion years old. This period is important to astronomers because that is when the first galaxies were formed.

Quanta, November 14, 2022 (Sean Carroll)
Albert Einstein’s ideas about space-time aren’t exactly intuitive, and they aren’t exactly Einstein’s, either.

Live Science, November 15, 2022
Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity has been remarkably successful in describing the gravity of stars and planets, but it doesn’t seem to apply perfectly on all scales.

Universe Today, November 14, 2022
A new type of heat shield was successfully tested last week, with the hopes this type of inflatable decelerator could be used in the future to land humans and large payloads on Mars or for atmospheric entry on other planets on moons.


INNOVATION

BBC Future, November 03, 2022
A new way of storing renewable energy is providing clean heat through the long Nordic nights.

Sci-Tech Daily, November 15, 2022
Novel membranes can remove salt from water.

Cosmos, November 14, 2022
The test uses iron and microfluidics to make lab testing micro, too.

Scientific American, November 11, 2022
The “most complicated therapy ever” tailors bespoke, genome-edited immune cells to attack tumors.

The Conversation, November 11, 2022
In the wake of Elon Musk’s noisy takeover of Twitter, people have been looking for alternatives to the increasingly toxic micro-blogging social media platform.

Nature, November 09, 2022
Detailed gene-activity map could pave way for more precise treatments for many more people with spinal-cord injuries.

HEALTH

Science Daily, November 08, 2022
We breathe to survive. But a breath of fresh air does more than fill our lungs. New research indicates that breathing impacts our emotions, attention and how we can process the outside world.

Medical Express, November 15, 2022
Alarmingly, this study also shows that the decline in sperm counts in North America, Europe, and Australia—reported by this team in 2017—has continued and even accelerated in the 21st century.

New York Times, November 08, 2022
Yes, but you have to pick the right routine.

Eat Right, November 10, 2022
According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, potassium is an under-consumed nutrient, and because there are health concerns associated with low intakes of potassium, it is considered a nutrient of public health concern.

Washington Post, November 12, 2022
Everyone struggles to put down their phones, but some families have had enough.

The Conversation, November 07, 2022
The problems arise when this normally helpful function overreacts or overstays its welcome.


NATURE 

Science Alert, November 13, 2022
A better understanding of how the hippocampus works in context with other areas of the brain could one day help us tackle memory decline.

Nature, November 11, 2022 (see the video clip!)
Cephalopods living unusually close together have been filmed throwing shells, algae and silt — sometimes at another octopus.

Nautilus, November 11, 2022
Saving reefs is possible—but there are challenges.

Quanta, July 19, 2022
Structural studies of the robust material called sporopollenin reveal how it made plants hardy enough to reproduce on dry land.

National Geographic, June 28, 2017
The Australian bird is the only animal other than humans known to use a custom-made tool to tap out a percussive beat, a new study says.


ENVIRONMENT

Anthropocene, November 11, 2022 (scroll down to article)
For example, almost half of all environmental pressures from food production come from just five countries.

Inside Climate News, November 06, 2022
Outside Houston, Exxon wants to produce “blue” hydrogen at its Baytown refinery, reducing emissions with carbon capture technology. Environmentalists warn that such efforts will only entrench fossil fuels while failing to deliver climate benefits.

Popular Science, November 14, 2022
One surface crack on a PTFE-coated pan releases about 9,100 plastic particles.

The Guardian, November 17, 2022
Bacteria can fertilize ecosystems but need to be studied closely to identify potential pathogens, scientists say.

The Revelator, November 10, 2022
While control of Congress remains unsettled, other races around the country reveal a growing — if precarious — tilt toward climate as a priority. 


CLIMATE

BBC News, November 10, 2022
Campaign group Global Witness found more than 600 people at the talks in Egypt are linked to fossil fuels.
That's more than the combined delegations from the 10 most climate-impacted countries.

Treehugger, November 10, 2022
Fossil fuel companies continue expanding oil and gas developments despite their net-zero targets.

CNN, November 12, 2022
Thawing permafrost — the long-frozen layer of soil that has underpinned the Arctic tundra and boreal forests of Alaska, Canada and Russia for millennia — is upending the lives of people.

Physics World, November 08, 2022
Climate change is no longer a distant threat but is already making us face perilous “tipping points” that could alter our daily lives forever.

Carbon Brief, November 12, 2022
Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and cement have increased by 1.0% in 2022, new estimates suggest, hitting a new record high of 36.6bn tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2).