Sci-News Roundup January 09 - January 15, 2021
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Deutsche Welle, January 11, 2021
Despite widespread vaccination campaigns, herd immunity to the coronavirus will not be achieved this year, the WHO's top scientist has said. Until then, preventive measures such as masks will be necessary.

New York Times, January 11, 2021
The DTP vaccine teaches us about how brilliant vaccine technology can be, but also how it can be studied and improved over time.

The Guardian, January 10, 2021
It’s cheap, widely available and might help us fend off the virus. So should we all be dosing up on the sunshine nutrient?

Science, January 12, 2021
Several of the gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have been infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and developed symptoms.

Nature, January 07, 2021
Researchers race to determine why lineages identified in Britain and South Africa spread so quickly and whether they’ll compromise vaccines.


Quanta, October 26, 2021
From crumpled paper to termite mounds to three-sided coins, L. Mahadevan has turned the whole world into his laboratory.

National Geographic, January 12, 2021 (amazing contemporary parallel)
Relics from the favorite hideaway of ancient Rome’s most infamous tyrant have been recovered and put on display by archaeologists.

The Guardian, January 07, 2021
Research finds they differ by an average of 5.2 early mutations, adding new perspective to nature-versus-nurture debates

National Geographic, January 06, 2021
Misinformation spurred the mob that stormed the Capitol, highlighting the disastrous effects such theories can produce.

Archaeology, January/February 2021
As early as the eleventh century A.D., Persians added chromium to iron to produce a strong type of steel that could be made into tools, armor, and weapons.


Cosmos, January 07, 2021
Henrietta Swan Leavitt transformed a powerful astronomical tradition.

Scientific American, December 29, 2020
One of the most basic processes in all of nature—a subatomic particle’s transition between discrete energy states—is surprisingly complex and sometimes predictable, recent work shows

EcoWatch, January 08, 2021
It's a common truism that there are only 24 hours in a day, but, according to precise measurements, that isn't exactly true.

Quanta, January 06, 2021
For decades, astronomers debated whether a particular smudge was close-by and small, or distant and huge. A new X-ray map supports the massive option.

Phys.Org, January 12, 2021
As physicists have worked to understand the truly bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, it seems that some symmetries don't always hold up.


Futurism, January 07, 2021
It's like something straight out of "The Expanse."

Science, January 11, 2021
Now, researchers have come up with a way to electronically write data into the DNA of living bacteria, a storage option unlikely to go obsolete any time soon.

Treehugger, January 11, 2021
The community is tied together by a "smart jetty" that acts as a social connector on top, and underneath has all the energy, waste, and water connections.

Science Daily, January 12, 2021
Soil erosion is a major challenge in agricultural production. It affects soil quality and carries nutrient sediments that pollute waterways. While soil erosion is a naturally occurring process, agricultural activities such as conventional tilling exacerbate it. Farmers implementing no-till practices can significantly reduce soil erosion rates, a new study shows.

Universe Today, January 11, 2021
Once complete, it will be the world’s first fully-reusable launch system and will facilitate trips to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the Moon, and Mars.


New York Times, January 13, 2021
Five minutes of burpees, jump squats and other calisthenics, alternating with rest, improved aerobic endurance in out-of-shape men and women.

Elemental, January 12, 2021
Why emulating your younger self could help you move better

Science Daily, January 12, 2021
Physical activity is not only associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but there is no threshold for that association, with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease seen for those who are most active, according to a new study.

Washington Post, January 12, 2021
In its overachieving way, it is also responsible for increases in anxiety and depression, teeth-grinding, anger, sleeplessness, migraines --and broken toes.

The Conversation, January 11, 2021
Most people know about vitamins A, B, C, D and/or E, but vitamin K slips under the nutritional radar.


Atlas Obscura, January 12, 2021
India’s “plantain man” has traveled widely to build a collection of unusual varieties.

Smithsonian, January/February, 2021
Debunking the myth that the great national park was a wilderness untouched by humans.

Particle, November 27, 2020
In hidden pockets around the world, tiny creatures consume toxins and wait for their day to again rule the Earth.

Science News, January 11, 2021
A never-before-seen climbing technique could inspire the creation of new serpentine robots

National Geographic, January 11, 2021
Insects aren’t just pests. They’re crucial for the planet and our food supply, and scientists say we can all pitch in to help.


Science News, January 12, 2021
Seas may have absorbed enough heat last year to boil 1.3 billion kettles of water.

Inside Climate News, January 11, 2021
The grass has a bad rap in the U.S. as an invasive nuisance, but the plant can quickly sequester at least double—and maybe even six times—the amount of carbon as a similar stand of trees.

Anthropocene, January 08, 2021
Alternatively, researchers found, if we don’t change our food systems, habitat losses will affect tens of thousands of species by 2050.

BBC News, January 12, 2021
Polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) were phased out decades ago, but can build up in whales, dolphins and porpoises. Scientists say harbor porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting an effect on sperm count and fertility.

The Guardian, January 11, 2021
Coalition says promise is key to preventing mass extinctions and ensuring clean air and water.


Yale Climate Connections, January 06, 2021
Look for more emphasis on 'solutions,' efforts by cities, climate equity ... and outlook for emissions cuts in a hoped-for global economic recovery from pandemic.

Inside Climate News, January 08, 2021
Annual reports from European and Japanese climate agencies show that last year was yet another marked by extraordinary global heat.

EurActiv, January 11, 2021
Out of 27,700 survey respondents in the EU’s 27 countries, 74% said they intended to fly less frequently for environmental reasons once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 43% said they would do this “all the time” and 31% said they would “from time to time”.

The Guardian, January 13, 2021
Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisis

New York Times, January 12, 2021
Two Trump administration officials have been reassigned over the posting of debunked papers, with the imprimatur of the White House, that questioned the scientific consensus on climate change.