Selected Sci-News Items August 03 - August 09, 2019
The Universal Law That Aims Time's Arrow
Quanta, August 01, 2019
A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could give us clues about the early universe and the arrow of time.
Washington Post, August 02, 2019
Physicists know that nobody knows what gravity is, because they know that they don't know what gravity is.
Nautilus, July 2019 issue
Experimenters in Germany have glimpsed the kind of strange, non-atomic matter thought to fill the cores of merging neutron stars.
Phys.Org., August 07, 2019
In space, light can be absorbed, reflected, and re-emitted by gas and dust, giving us a second look. They're called light echoes, and they allow astronomers another way to understand the universe around us.
Science, August 07, 2019
The galaxies' surprising abundance so early in the history of the universe may challenge conventional theories of galaxy formation, the observers say.
Carbon Nanosprings Could Break Down Microplastics
The Conversation, August 05, 2019
Exposure to cosmic rays impairs brain function causing problems with learning, memory and mood that may, if the results hold true for humans, influence a person's ability to adapt and respond in unexpected or stressful situations. This outcome could jeopardize astronaut safety and mission success.
Cosmos, August 01, 2019
Engineers try new approach to combat a ubiquitous pollutant.
Facebook Is Building Tech to Read Your Mind. The Ethical Implications Are Staggering.
Vox, August 05, 2019
Our brains are perhaps the final privacy frontier.
How Scientists Are Harvesting Fog to Secure the World's Water Supply
PBS NewsHour, July 31, 2019 (w/audio/transcript)
In an effort to bolster the diminishing water supply, scientists around the world are leveraging familiar scientific principles with modern technology to capture water from the moisture in fog.
Lasers Are Driving a Revolution in Archaeology
National Geographic, July 29, 2019
LiDAR technology has helped archaeologists find a lost Mayan city along with other ancient sites-transforming how researchers approach unsurveyed land.
China Has Started a Grand Experiment in AI Education. It Could Reshape How the World Learns.
MIT Technology Review, August 02, 2019
In recent years, the country has rushed to pursue "intelligent education." Now its billion-dollar ed-tech companies are planning to export their vision overseas.
Jogging the Best Exercise for Those Genetically Prone to Obesity
Cosmos, August 02, 2019
Taiwanese study assesses exercise impact with five measures of obesity.
Rye Is Healthy, Thanks to an Interplay of Microbes
Science Daily, August 55, 2019
Eating rye comes with a variety of health benefits. A new study now shows that both lactic acid bacteria and gut bacteria contribute to the health benefits of rye. The study used a metabolomics approach to analyze metabolites found in food and the human body.
7 of the Deadliest Superbugs
Deutsche Welle, July 31, 2019
Drug-resistant "superbugs" often spread in a place we think of as sterile - hospitals. They are very difficult to treat and pose a serious threat to global human health. Here are some of the most dangerous.
The Fundamental Link Between Body Weight and the Immune System
The Atlantic, August 02, 2019
Inflammation plays a critical role in determining how we digest food, and it's only now starting to reveal itself.
The Same Genes Work Differently In Men And Women, Study Finds
WBUR, July 18, 2019 (w/audio)
Because those genes are scattered across the entire genome, the discovery may have profound implications for genetic differences between men and women, not only when it comes to height, but also disease and medical research.
Mapping the Strain on Our Water
Washington Post, August 06, 2019 (w/maps, graphics)
Pockets in several U.S. states - and across the globe - are draining their limited water supplies.
The five U.S. cities most at risk from coastal flooding have begun to make plans for adapting to rising sea levels. Some are further along than others. Here's where their flood resilience efforts stand.
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