Selected Sci-News Items 01/11/20 - 01/17/20
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The Atlantic, January/February 2020 issue
It's underwater-and the consequences are unimaginable.
This Ancient Mnemonic Technique Builds Palace of Memory
Aeon (archive), September 20, 2017
Although imagined memory palaces are still used by memory champions and the few who practice the memory arts, they are best known from Greco-Roman times.
Probing the Cosmos for Flaws in Einstein's General Relativity
Astronomy, January 09, 2020
Einstein's equations have held up remarkably well for over a century. But they leave tantalizing gaps in our knowledge.
Man Versus Machine: Can AI Do Science?
TechXplore, January 14, 2020
Now, machines can also beat theoretical physicists at their own game, solving complex problems just as accurately as scientists, but considerably faster.
Climate Change Means the US Must Start Building Big Things Again
MIT Technology Review, January 15, 2020
Major portions of the nation's highways, bridges, water pipes, ports, railways, and electric transmission lines were constructed more than half a century ago, and in many cases they are falling apart.
Against All Odds': The Inside Story of How Scientists Across Three Continents Produced an Ebola Vaccine
STAT, January 07, 2020
It is a feat that built on the work of scientists in multiple countries on three continents who toiled in obscurity for years.
JetBlue Plans to Go Completely Carbon Neutral on All U.S. Flights
Washington Post, January 08, 2020
The company's plan involves both taking steps to reduce its flights' overall carbon emissions and increasing its investment in carbon offsets, which are environmental projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The Iron Ocean
Knowable Magazine, December 19, 2019
Through dust, not rust, the metal plays a complex, controversial role in Earth's climate
Human Body Temperature Has Declined Steadily Over the Past 160 Years
Science, January 10, 2020
That drop may be a product of lower overall levels of inflammation, thanks to antibiotics, vaccines, and improved water quality, the authors report this week in eLife. Modern technologies, such as central heating and air conditioning, could also help explain the trend.
Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer
New York Times, January 13, 2020
It's not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped human evolution.
The Past and the Future of the Earth's Oldest Trees
New Yorker, January 20, 2020 issue
Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they may survive humanity.
Meet the Narwhal, 'Unicorn of the Sea'
The Conversation, January 15, 2020
The long tusk of the male narwhal sets these whales apart, but it's not the only thing that makes Monodon monoceros among the most intriguing and mysterious marine mammals.
New York Times, January 14, 2020
Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce.
Australia's Wildfires Are Releasing Vast Amounts Of Carbon
NPR, January 12, 2020
Australia's total emissions from man-made sources last year was roughly 540 million tons. So this year's fires, fueled by record-high temperatures and drought, have already surpassed two-thirds of that amount.
Ocean Warming an Increasing Problem
Cosmos, January 15, 2020
Last year was the warmest in recorded human history for the world's oceans, bringing to an end the warmest decade, according to a new analysis.
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