Selected Sci-News Items  October 19 - October 25,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

 
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GENERAL INTEREST

Quanta, October 17, 2019
Even state-of-the-art neural networks scored no higher than 69 out of 100 across all nine tasks: a D-plus, in letter grade terms.

The Guardian, October 22, 2019
He is the most beloved figure in Britain, and, at 93, a global superstar. His films long shied away from discussing humanity's impact on the planet. Now they are sounding the alarm - but is it too late?

Phys.Org, October 19, 2019
The sarcophagi date back to the 22nd Dynasty, founded around 3,000 years ago in the 10th century BC.

New York Times, October 15, 2019
American scientists set out to simulate a fungus's evolution into the edible mold that makes French cheeses like Camembert.

New Yorker, October 21, 2019 (October 28 print issue)
Millennials who see no contradiction between using astrology and believing in science are fueling a resurgence of the practice.


COSMOS

Strontium Is the First Heavy Element Detected from a Neutron Star Merger
Science News, October 23, 2019
The find supports the idea that these smashups create many of the elements heavier than iron
  
BBC News, October 22, 2019
Overall adaptation to the space environment is roughly the same for men and women but there are some differences. 

Symmetry, October 21, 2019
Scientists are designing a next-generation experiment to map the Big Bang's relic afterglow.

Cosmos, October 16, 2019
They could be more regular, and more destructive, than previously thought.

Phys.Org, October 22, 2019
Astronomers accidentally discovered the footprints of a monster galaxy in the early universe that has never been seen before.


INNOVATION

STAT, October 21, 2019
A new form of the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 appears to significantly expand the range of diseases that could be treated with the technology, by enabling scientists to precisely
change any of DNA's four "letters" into any other and insert or delete any stretch of DNA

MIT Technology Review, October 16, 2019
A new DARPA research program is developing brain-computer interfaces that could control "swarms of drones, operating at the speed of thought." What if it succeeds?

The Guardian, October 20, 2019
Neuroscientists may have crossed an "ethical rubicon" by growing lumps of human brain in the lab, and in some cases transplanting the tissue into animals, researchers warn.

New York Times, October 22, 2019
Desalination remains expensive, as it requires enormous amounts of energy. To make it more affordable and accessible, researchers around the world are studying how to improve
desalination processes, devising more effective and durable membranes.

The Guardian, October 23, 2019
Task that would take most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years 'completed by quantum machine in minutes.'

HEALTH 

Deutsche Welle, October 18, 2019
At some point in their lives, most people will get food poisoning. Where does it come from? And more importantly, how can you protect yourself?

Science Daily, October 18, 2019
Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat, improves how the body responds to insulin and lowers people's' risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Washington Post, October 17, 2019
There's been a boom in unhealthy foods and beverages for children 6 months to 3 years old, packaged for convenience and often promising to make children stronger and smarter:

The Conversation, October 18, 2019
There has been increasing attention into long-term risks of benzodiazepines, including potential for addiction, overdose and cognitive impairment.

New York Times, October 16, 2019
More than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people. Does it help?

The Guardian, October 22, 2019
Group was disbanded by the EPA, but continued its work anyway, as Trump agencies roll back environment and health protections.


NATURE

Cosmos, October 22, 2019
In the Amazon, the amps are turned up to 11.

National Geographic, October 21, 2019
The aye-aye of Madagascar has a pseudo-thumb that may help it grip trees, showing there's still much to be learned about anatomy.

NPR/The Salt, October 17, 2019
Chad Dechow, a geneticist at Pennsylvania State University who studies dairy cows, is explaining how all of America's cows ended up so similar to each other.

Science, October 17, 2019
Although researchers have probed how muscles work for more than 150 years, they had completely missed the huge impact this tiny protein, called myoregulin, has on muscle function.

The Conversation, October 21, 2019
Evergreen conifers - cone-bearing trees - retain their foliage year-round and have a different strategy for withstanding winter's stresses.


ENVIRONMENT

Environmental Health News, October 18, 2019  (w/video)
"No plastic has been tested thoroughly-none. Zip. Zero. Nada."

The Guardian, October 22, 2019
Russian navy discovers yet-to-be-named islands previously hidden under glaciers.

New York Times, October 21, 2019
Nearly every other marine heat wave NOAA has recorded in 40 years of satellite monitoring shrinks in comparison.
 
Inside Climate News, October 21, 2019
In at least two states this year, beef and dairy industries have successfully beat back government food initiatives linking livestock to global warming.

Washington Post, October 17, 2019
Brightly colored corals are supplanted by dark, undulating seaweeds. Familiar fish species vanish - to be replaced by unknown strangers, or nothing at all.


CLIMATE 

Inside Climate News, October 21, 2019
It's the first major climate change lawsuit against Big Oil to reach trial, and the outcome could influence future cases.

The Guardian, October 21, 2019
Veganism and trees could help stop agriculture contributing to global heating, study says.

The Hill, October 17, 2019
The issue of climate change has divided Trump and the other G-7 leaders. He has characterized it as a hoax and cast doubt on government reports warning about the severe effects of a warming planet.

After Shell CEO Claims 'We Have No Choice' But to Invest in Fossil Fuels, McKibben Says, 'We Have No Choice But to Try and Stop Them'
Common Dreams, October 15, 2019
With "overwhelming evidence that we are on the brink of climate and ecological collapse," executive's comment elicits intense rebuke

New York Review of Books/NYR Daily, October 15, 2019
This year's Climate Week is past. But Naomi Oreskes is extending an important part of the political debate with her new book Why Trust Science.    
 


 
 
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