Selected Sci-News Items  June 29- July 05, 2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate


SftPublic Weds, July 10  Nectar and the Health of Bees
SftPublic Tues, July 16   Mathematical Prediction of Sixth Mass Extinction  
 
 
 
 
 
 
GENERAL INTEREST
 
Deutsche Welle, June 28, 2019 
Receding waters in the Mosul Dam reservoir have unveiled "one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region." Researchers said the Mittani Empire is one of the least understood ancient civilizations.
 
Smartphones Aren't Making Millennials Grow Horns. Here's How to Spot a Bad Study
PBS NewsHour, June 25, 2019 
The report covers a 2018 study published in Scientific Reports, which used head X-rays of 1,200 chiropractic patients to claim that young adults aged 18 to 30 are growing bone masses on the backs of their skulls.

Quanta, June 26, 2019 
Lurking behind Einstein's theory of gravity and our modern understanding of particle physics is the deceptively simple idea of symmetry. But physicists are beginning to question whether focusing on symmetry is still as productive as it once was.

Science Daily, June 27, 2019 
Turbulence, with its seemingly random and chaotic motion of the fluid, is a notoriously difficult problem, for which there is no general theoretical description.  (In fact, the Clay Mathematics Institute offers a million dollar prize to anyone that comes up with a theory of turbulence.)  
 
Explorers to Voyage to Japan in Primitive Boat in Hopes of Unlocking an Ancient Mystery 
Science, July 02, 2019 
The "very difficult" sea voyages were undoubtedly made in boats built of materials that have not survived.


COSMOS   
 
Quanta, June 27, 2019 
Lee Smolin has a radical idea for how to understand an object with no exterior: Imagine it built bit-by-bit from relationships between events.  
 
Phys.Org, July 03, 2019  
Picture the wheel-shaped ships from films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Martian, imaginary craft that generate their own gravity by spinning around in space.     
   
Symmetry, July 02, 2019 
A CERN engineer sees if she has what it takes to live and work on Mars.

Cosmos, June 28, 2019 
The search for ET is getting more sophisticated.   

Washington Post, June 27, 2019 
For its newest planetary science mission, NASA aims to land a flying robot on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, a top target in the search for alien life. 
 
 
INNOVATION  
 
Four Surprising Technological Innovations That Came Out Of the Apollo Moon Landings 
The Conversation, July 03, 2019 
Beyond the space race and exploration, Apollo contributed to several inventions and innovations that are still having an impact on our lives. But at the same time, there are several myths regarding what technologies actually came out of it.
 
Machine Learning Has Been Used to Automatically Translate Long-Lost Languages 
MIT Technology Review, July 01, 2019 
Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine translation treatment.

Scientific American, June 27, 2019 
A new approach to water treatment could be cheaper, produce less waste and possibly help fix nitrate pollution in California.
 
Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong? 
New York Times Magazine, July 02, 2019 
In experiments on pig organs, scientists at Yale made a discovery that could someday challenge our understanding of what it means to die.

T he Atlantic, July issue 
"Sabermetrics" changed the national pastime. Now another technological revolution is transforming the game, for good or ill. 
 
 
HEALTH   
 
Cosmos, June 28, 2019 
Evidence suggests they are ineffective in some cases and can lead to unnecessary testing.

The Guardian, July 02, 2019 
Number of 'warning letters' sent by FDA has fallen by 33% compared with the most recent equivalent period under Obama.
 
What's in Your Toothpaste Anyway?
Washington Post, July 02, 2019 
If you've been concerned about your toothpaste containing triclosan - an antibacterial that helps prevent gingivitis - the good news is that it's essentially gone from the U.S. market, though it's still technically permitted.

STAT, June 27, 2019 
A neurologist at New York University's Langone Health, tries to steer her patients away from sprinting to the neighborhood bodega to buy versions of the hemp derivative that's better known as CBD.

The Conversation, July 01, 2019 
With a few clicks of a mouse and a few hundred dollars, anyone can access their or their genetic risk scores for diabetes, obesity, breast cancer, autism, and schizophrenia. These scores aren't always useful, and, in some cases, they could be harmful.

 
NATURE 
 
Nautilus, June 27, 2019 
Your mouth, skin, and gut are home to whole communities of microscopic organisms, whose influence on your body ranges from digesting your food to training your immune system and, possibly, impacting your mood and behavior. 
 
Cosmos, July 04, 2019 
Movement of people - not just ideas - brought Philistine culture to the ancient near east.
 
Oregon's Tsunami Risk: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 
New Yorker, July 01, 2019 
Other than asteroid strikes and atomic bombs, there is no more destructive force on this planet than water.

Wired, June 28, 2019 
In its native countries, the Asian long-horned tick harbors an array of bacterial and viral diseases that infect humans, including a potentially deadly hemorrhagic fever.

PBS News Hour, June 26, 2019 
Though people are more familiar with honeybee die-offs - such as with colony collapse disorder - wild bumblebees have been struggling too. A handful of bumblebee species have declined by up to 96 percent in the U.S.


ENVIRONMENT   
 
Washington Post, July 01, 2019 
Over the nearly 15 years since Hurricane Ivan knocked down a production platform operated by Taylor Energy Co., the company has claimed that less than three gallons a day were seeping out. But video exclusively obtained by The Washington Post, and verified by federal officials familiar with the site,  shows a large volume of oil pouring out of an erosion pit where the tower was destroyed.

The Narwhal, June 27, 2019 
An area four times the size of Vancouver Island is home to smoking vents, volcanic islands just under the water and a staggering abundance of life. 
 
The Guardian, July 02, 2019 
Investigation exposes how Brazil's huge beef sector continues to threaten health of world's largest rainforest.
 
North Atlantic Right Whales Are Dying in Horrific Ways 
The Atlantic, June 27, 2019 
Six individuals-more than 1 percent of the population-were found dead just this month, the latest entries in a troubling pattern.
 
Time Is Running Out for Sand 
Nature, July 02, 2019 
Sand and gravel are being extracted faster than they can be replaced. Monitor and manage this resource globally.


CLIMATE    
 
 How Should Climate Change Be Taught in Schools Across America? 
Ensia, June 20, 2019 
From elementary to high school - and from science class to social studies - teachers are taking the initiative to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges. 
 
Washington Post, July 03, 2019 
Anchorage is predicted to test or best its highest-temperature ever recorded of 85 degrees (set in 1969) on five straight days between July 4 and 8. It could even flirt with 90 degrees.
 
Science News, July 01, 2019 
A new study shows just how hard it may be to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial times. The world's existing power plants,  industrial equipment, vehicles and other CO2-emitters are on track to pump out enough carbon dioxide to blow past that target by mid-century.
 
The Guardian, July 01, 2019 
Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating.

Inside Climate News, July 27, 2019 
The clouds created by jet engine pollution have a surprisingly powerful short-term impact on global warming.
  


 
 
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