Selected Sci-News Items  July 06 - July 12,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate


SftPublic Weds, July 10 (video)  Nectar and the Health of Bees 
SftPublic Tues, July 16   Mathematical Prediction of Sixth Mass Extinction   
 
 
 
National Geographic, July 02, 2019 
With more than 20 ancient pyramids sprawling across 170 acres of Sudanese desert, Nuri is perhaps the most stunning archaeological site you've never heard of.

Quanta, July 02, 2019 
Mathematicians have proved that a random process applied to a random surface will yield consistent patterns.

Aeon, July 02, 2019 
How did the sailors of early modern Europe learn to traverse the world's seas? By going to school and doing math problems.
 
Five Myths about Chernobyl 
Washington Post, July 05, 2019 
No, wildlife isn't thriving in the zone around the nuclear plant.

Nature, July 03, 2019 
'Fragile topology' is the latest addition to a group of quantum phenomena that give materials exotic - and exciting - properties.

 
Guardian bi-wkly puzzle, July 01, 2019 Can you solve it? Ace these tennis teasers


COSMOS   
 
Cosmos, July 08, 2019 
Our modern understanding of dark matter begins in the early 1930s with Swiss physicist Fritz Zwicky, "one of the broadest and most inventive scientists of his time."  
 
The Guardian, July 01, 2019  
Scientists wrestling with the delicate issue of how to respond should humanity ever be contacted by an alien civilization have hit on a radical idea: a survey that asks what the public would do.     
 
Quanta, July 03, 2019 
A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory, which describes what happens during the long-mysterious "collapse" of a quantum system.
    
Symmetry, July 09, 2019 
A discrepancy between different measurements of the Hubble constant makes scientists  question whether something is amiss in our understanding of the universe.

Phys.Org, July 08, 2019 
Millions of people across the world still believe that no one has ever walked on the Moon, and that the images that NASA broadcast in July 1969 were shot in a Hollywood studio. 
 
 
   
INNOVATION  
 
Physics, July 8, 2019 
Researchers say they are close to simulating high-temperature superconductivity using a lattice of ultra-cold atoms, a step toward explaining this perfectly conducting state. 
 
New York Times, July n03, 2019 
Genetically modified microbes release "nano-bodies" that alert the immune system to cancer in mice, scientists report.

MIT Technology Review, June 26, 2019 
Starshot wants to build the world's most powerful laser and aim it at the closest star. What could go wrong?

The Verge, July 03, 2019 
Pixel trackers can hide in your email images.

Deutsche Welle, July 04, 2019 
In a world first, scientists in the US were able to completely remove HIV from a living animal using gene editing. The research is a major milestone, giving hope that a cure could be on the horizon.


HEALTH   
 
Confused about What to Eat? Science Can Help 
The Conversation, July 05, 2019 
Do you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Do you want science-based information about diet but don't know whom or what to believe?

Inside Climate News, July 05, 2019 
One tick that a new study shows is endangering cattle in Virginia is able to clone itself, making colonizing new locations that much easier.  
 
When 'Bad' Cholesterol Gets Too Low, Stroke Risk May Rise 
New York Times, July 08, 2019 
LDL levels below 70 were tied to an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

NPR/Shots, July 08, 2019 (w/audio) 
Scientists have found that, so far, a complete genetic readout would be a poor substitute for the traditional blood test that babies get at birth to screen for diseases.

Environmental Health News, July 11, 2019 
The chemicals-linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis-have been detected in a type of fertilizer used on farms throughout the state.

 
NATURE  
 
Washington Post, July 07, 2019 
Researchers in a warming Arctic are discovering organisms, frozen and presumed dead for millennia, that can bear life anew.  These ice age zombies range from simple bacteria to multi-cellular animals.

The Physics of the Dandelion
Cosmos, July 10. 2019 
It's a masterpiece of flow dynamics, Swiss researchers say

Science News, July 08, 2019 
The presence or absence of moonlight, along with the predictable changes in brightness across the lunar cycle, can shape reproduction,  foraging, communication and other aspects of an animal's world.

Discover, June 26, 2019 
Beautiful from afar, but deadly up close, hurricanes can devastate communities with lashing winds, torrential rains and storm surges that literally shove the ocean onto land.

Nautilus, July 04, 2019 
Inside the world of plastic-eating worms, dung-rolling beetles, and agricultural ants..


ENVIRONMENT  
 
The Scientist, July 05, 2019 
Researchers who provide that estimate believe this is the best and cheapest way to combat global warming.

The Guardian, July 09, 2019 
Naturalist tells MPs radical action needed to tackle crisis but attitude of young people gives him hope.
   
Yale Environment 360, July 02, 2019 
China has been a major source of rare earth metals used in high-tech products, from smartphones to wind turbines. As cleanup of these mining sites begins, experts argue that global companies that have benefited from access to these metals should help foot the bill.

L.A. Times, July 07, 2019 
Blinded from the consequences of a warming planet, Californians kept building right to the water's edge.

Environmental Health News, July 09, 2019 
Scientists are seeking answers on what global warming means for future dust amounts, which could have a major influence on extreme weather and human health.


CLIMATE   
 
The Guardian, July 07, 2019 
Developing countries must prepare now for profound impact.
 
Ravaged by Drought, a Honduran Village Faces a Choice: Pray for Rain or Migrate 
Inside Climate News, July 08, 2019 
People in El Rosario live on the edge of hunger, not knowing if the next harvest will come. Climate change is a driving force of food insecurity.

E&E News, July 08, 2019 
"It's been made clear to us that we're not supposed to use climate change in press releases anymore. They will not be authorized," one federal researcher said, speaking anonymously for fear of reprisal. 
 
Cosmos, July 09, 2019 
Disruption and oxygen make a deadly combination.
 
From Madagascar to Brazil, Researchers Pick Best Spots to Replant Forests
Reuters, July 03, 2019  
Researchers have identified swathes of lost tropical rainforests as the best places to replant trees, hoping to redress some of the damage done by deforestation and limit climate change.   
  

 
 
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