Selected Sci-News Items  October 05 - October 11,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

 
SftPublic Oct 08  (video available)  Self-Organization of Cell Architecture
 
 
 
GENERAL INTEREST  
 
There Was Life, But Not As We Know It
Cosmos, October 08, 2019 
Ancient ecosystems where humans evolved were unlike those of today.    
 
National Geographic, September 27, 2019 
A technological battle burned hot between these two geniuses and their competing visions for the future of electricity.

Phys.Org, October 08, 2019 
A quarter of a century ago, Didier Queloz spent months doubting the data that led him to an inescapable conclusion:  he'd just discovered the first planet outside Earth's solar system.

New York Times, October 04, 2019 
The lead researcher, Bradley C. Johnston, said he was not required to report his past relationship with a powerful industry trade group.

Phys.Org, October 06, 2019 
Calling it a "cosmopolitan and planned city," the authority said the early Bronze Age settlement covered 65 hectares (160 acres)  and was home to about 6,000 people.


COSMOS
 
New Yorker, October 03, 2019 
Is there a more rational way to scan the heavens for alien life? 
    
The Guardian, October 03, 2019 
Observations reveal cluster of galaxies about 12bn light years away linked by gas filaments

Cosmos, October 07, 2019 
The discovery dramatically alters our understanding of our galaxy.     
 
Phys.Org, October 07, 2019 
Move over Jupiter; Saturn is the new moon king.  A team led by Carnegie's Scott S. Sheppard has found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn.   
 
What Moons in Other Solar Systems Reveal about Planets Like Neptune and Jupiter
The Conversation, October 02, 2019    
What is the difference between a planet-satellite system as we have with the Earth and Moon, versus a binary planet - two planets orbiting each other in a cosmic do-Si-do?


INNOVATION  
 
NPR/All Things Considered, October 04, 2019 (w/audio + images)
More than 200 years ago, scholars glued the remains of an ancient papyrus scroll onto cardboard to preserve it. But the scroll, a history of Plato's Academy, also had writing on the back. Now scholars have deployed imaging technology to read what's been concealed.

Scientific American, September 30, 2019 
This strong, all-natural material was used to make the first bulletproof vest more than a century ago-but scientists have barely begun to tap its potential

Cosmos, October 02, 2019 
But quantum computers are still a dream.

Quanta, October 09, 2019 
John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino shared the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing lithium-ion batteries, "the hidden workhorses of the mobile era."

New Yorker, October 14, 2019 issue (w/audio) 
At the end of every section in this article, you can read the text that an artificial intelligence predicted would come next.

 
HEALTH  
 
Science Daily,  October 08, 2019 
Blame your nose, which sniffs out high fat, calorie-dense food

The Atlantic, November 2019 issue 
The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can't adapt.

The Scientist, October 02, 2019 
Companies are selling reports about a wide range of physical, cognitive, and behavioral traits to consumers based on their genomic data, but such tests have a number of limitations.Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Research on How Cells Manage Oxygen

New York Times, October 07, 2019 
The prize was awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for discoveries about how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.  
 
Phys.Org, October 07, 20129 
In the West, the number of people challenging scientific authority has been growing in past decades. This has, among other things, led to a decline in the support for mass vaccination programs and to an increase in alternative forms of treatment.  In China, however, activists are defending modern medical science and criticizing traditional Chinese medicine


NATURE  
 
Science, October 07, 2019 (w/video) 
Dolphins, chimpanzees, and crows all use tools to help accomplish tasks. Now, pigs have joined the club.
  
Plants Alert Neighbors to Threats Using Common 'Language'
Science Daily, October 03, 2019     
New research shows that plants can communicate with each other when they come under attack from pests.

BBC News, October 03, 2019 
A separate report outlined the picture in Scotland, where the abundance and distribution of species has also declined.

Quanta, October 01, 2019 
Only 170 million years ago, new plankton evolved. Their demand for carbon and calcium permanently transformed the seas as homes for life.

Cosmos, October 04, 2019 
Researchers have found a clue to the mystery of retaining selective memories.

 
ENVIRONMENT  
 
The Guardian, October 06, 2019  (see photos!) 
A conservation group plans to buy the largest privately owned sequoia grove as the climate crisis threatens the species' future

Environmental Health News, October 06, 2019 
Why saving the oceans may be our most difficult challenge.

New York Times, October 08, 2019 
Saltwater is killing woodlands along the East Coast, sometimes surprisingly far from the sea.

Washington Post, October 08, 2019 
Known locally as the "guerreiros de fogo" - the "fire warriors" - they spread across hundreds of miles each day to contain blazes lit by land grabbers trying to burn, claim and develop the forest.

National Geographic, October 02, 2019 
By 2050, thousands of rivers and streams worldwide could pass a critical ecological

 
CLIMATE   
 
The Guardian, October 09, 2019 
New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are  driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry's devastating impact on the planet

Science News, October 06, 2019 
More research on such tech as ocean seeding and space mirrors is needed, some scientists say.

Inside Climate News, October 07, 2019 
The melting of glaciers and loss of snow has a cascading effect for ecosystems, agriculture and billions of people downstream.  
 
Climate Protesters Take to Streets of Cities Worldwide 
New York Times, October 07, 2019  (w/video) 
Extinction Rebellion, the British-based activist group, shut down parts of central London for the second time in six months.
  
Radical Warming in Siberia Leaves Lillions on Unstable Ground 
Washington Post, October 03, 2010 
A putrid odor fills the air - the stench of ancient plants and animals decomposing after millennia entombed in a frozen purgatory. 
 

 
 
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