Sci-News Roundup November 14 - November 20 2020
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BBC News, November 18, 2020 (w/video clip)
The US has more reported more infections and a higher death toll than any other country worldwide.

Washington Post, November 17, 2020
Both appear to be more than 90 percent effective in clinical trials and could begin to be available before the end of the year.

New York Times, November 12, 2020
Taking a test is the best way to assure yourself and others that you aren’t spreading the virus. Here’s what you need to know.

NPR, November 16, 2020 (audio)
Which high risk groups will get it first, how the vaccine will be distributed (including some challenges), and who's footing the bill for all of this.

The Conversation, November 18, 2020
An mRNA vaccine is different, because rather than having the viral protein injected, a person receives genetic material – mRNA – that encodes the viral protein.


National Geographic, November 17, 2020
An exquisitely preserved specimen of a T. rex and Triceratops, tangled together as though they died in combat, has been acquired by a North Carolina museum after more than a decade in private hands.

New York Times (Magazine), November 13, 2020
It can be tempting to ascribe the affliction’s prevalence to our current climate of indulgence, but that’s not the full story.

Phys.Org, November 16, 2020
n astrophysicist and a neurosurgeon compared the network of neuronal cells in the human brain with the cosmic network of galaxies... and surprising similarities emerged

Quanta, November 12, 2020
It has been thought of as many things: a point-like object, an excitation of a field, a speck of pure math that has cut into reality. But never has physicists’ conception of a particle changed more than it is changing now.

Sci-News, November 16, 2020
A unique cluster of 16 Roman waterwheels in southern France, was the first known attempt in Europe to set up an industrial-scale complex of machines during the culmination of Roman Civilization in the 2nd century CE


Science News, November 18, 2020
Growing plants in Red Planet soil will require adding nutrients and removing toxic chemicals

Universe Today, November 17, 2020
Galaxies build themselves up slowly over time by cannibalizing their neighbors. Using an advanced suite of computer simulations, researchers have now traced back the evolutionary history of our own Milky Way.

Phys.Org, November 17, 2020
The degree of quantumness is important for applications such as quantum computing and quantum sensing, which offer advantages that are not found in their classical counterparts.

Quanta, November 11, 2020
The newly-measured rate of a key nuclear fusion process from the Big Bang matches the picture of the universe 380,000 years later.

Science News, November 12,2020
Pocket-sized blasts in the lab reveal details of massive stellar explosions.


Washington Post, November 18, 2020
Millions of Americans now have access to free, anonymous coronavirus exposure notifications. Too bad so few people use them.

STAT, November, 2020
STAT set out to celebrate the unheralded heroes of science and medicine, poring over hundreds of nominations from across North America in search for the next generation of scientific superstars.

MIT Technology Review, November 12, 2020
Scientists are identifying promising “caloric materials” that undergo big temperature changes when placed under pressure and other forces.

Cosmos, November 14, 2020
Laser technology offers some tantalizing clues.

Treehugger, November 16, 2020
Baluchon builds another beautiful little box out of sustainable materials.


Harvard Gazette, November 16, 2020
Brief exercise can lead to uptick in circulating metabolites, which govern insulin resistance, stress, inflammation, longevity.

STAT, November 16, 2020
The results of a new study are re-igniting a debate among cardiologists as to whether a prescription fish oil product, Vascepa, reduces patients’ risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Science, November 12, 2020
The work has taken on urgency as global temperatures rise, heat waves become more frequent and intense, and casualties mount.

Treehugger, November 10, 2020
It is important to remember that, when it comes to pesticide levels in produce, 'legal' does not mean safe. Federal food tolerance residue levels often allow for higher exposure levels than public health advocates, including EWG, consider to be safe.

Science Daily, November 16, 2020
Healthy sleep habits are associated with a lower risk of heart failure. Adults with the healthiest sleep patterns (morning risers, sleeping 7-8 hours a day and no frequent insomnia, snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness) experienced a 42% reduction in the risk of heart failure compared to those with unhealthy sleep patterns.


Science Alert, November 18, 2020 (beautiful mineral!)
Volcanoes rank among the most destructive and awe-inspiring phenomena on the planet. But these fiery fissures do much more than just destroy. They also create.

Cosmos, November 18, 2020
Study tracks down where all the proteins come from.

The Guardian, November 15, 2020 (w/photo)
Flying Post First Nation in northern Ontario offer reward after ‘spirit’ moose – considered sacred – killed by suspected poachers.

Treehugger, July 09 2020
Caterpillars are high in protein and rather defenseless—making them an easy dinner staple for other animals—and many have evolved various means of protection.

Science November 11, 2020
Chimps in both West African sites suffer from leprosy, a disease never before documented in wild chimpanzees.


C&EN, November 14, 2020
Atrazine has potential to affect numerous species and their habitats.

Mongabay, November 09, 2020
Something researchers are hoping to learn is how rapidly changing conditions in the Arctic are affecting the animals there.

The Conversation, November 09, 2020
A slow-moving crisis threatens the U.S. Central Plains, which grow a quarter of the nation’s crops.

BBC, November 10, 2020
For over a century, one of the most important salmon runs in the United States has had to contend with historic dams – and now four of them are set to be taken down.

The Guardian, November 18, 2020
While overall US coral reefs are in fair condition, along the coast of Florida as little as 2% of original coral cover remains.


Inside Climate News, November 18, 2020
The American Farm Bureau Federation, the country's largest and most powerful agricultural lobbying group, has long pushed against climate legislation and worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to defeat it.

New Yorker, November 17, 2020
The busiest hurricane season ever recorded is continuing on into the late fall, with consequences so horrifying one can hardly stand to look.

Gizmodo, November 15, 2020
There’s a whole slew of reasons to not rely on blocking the sun to cool the planet. But a new paper puts up perhaps the best one yet: It might not work if we continue to let carbon emissions skyrocket.

Climate Change News, November 17, 2020
A package of fuel efficiency measures agreed at the International Maritime Organization is expected to shave just 1% off shipping emissions this decade.