Selected Sci-News Items  June 01- June 07, 2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

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GENERAL INTEREST

Wired, June 05, 2019
Since the birth of the space age, the dream of catching a ride to another solar system has been hobbled by the "tyranny of the rocket equation," which sets hard limits on the speed and size of the spacecraft we sling into the cosmos.

Washington Post, June 02, 2019
Until the electric telegraph, people had to have face-to-face conversations; send coded messages through drums, smoke signals and semaphore systems; or read printed words.

The Conversation, May 29, 2019
Giant beavers the size of black bears once roamed the lakes and wetlands of North America. Fortunately for cottage-goers, these mega-rodents died out at the end of the last ice age.

Cosmos, June 05, 2019
Climate change challenged communities millennia ago. How they coped can be discerned in traditional stories, passed down for thousands of years

Rise of the Extinction Deniers
The Revelator, May 30, 2019
Just like climate deniers, they're out to obfuscate and debase the scientists and conservationists trying to save the world - and maybe get rid of a few pesky species in the process.


COSMOS

Quantum Leaps, Long Assumed to Be Instantaneous, Take Time
Quanta, June 05, 2019
An experiment caught a quantum system in the middle of a jump - something the originators of quantum mechanics assumed was impossible.

PBS NewsHour, May 28, 2019
With reports that the magnetic north pole has started moving swiftly at 50km per year - and may soon be over Siberia - it has long been unclear whether the northern lights will move too.

After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars
New York Times, June 01, 2019  (w/video)
Last month, SpaceX successfully launched 60 500-pound satellites into space. Soon amateur sky-watchers started sharing images of those satellites in night skies, igniting an uproar among astronomers who fear that the planned orbiting cluster will wreak havoc on scientific research and trash our view of the cosmos.

A Very Rare Planet Discovered. Less Massive than Neptune, Hotter than Mercury. Very Few Should Exist
Universe Today, May 30, 2019
But what really separates this planet is its location. It's located in what's called the Neptunian Desert, a region in solar systems so close to the star that the star's energy would strip away the atmosphere.

Phys.Org, June 03, 2019
The galaxy contains stars that are within 10% the age of the universe-that is, almost as old as the universe itself.


INNOVATION

New York Times, June 05, 2019
Japan led the way, but Chile, China, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Turkey and other countries vulnerable to earthquakes have adopted the technologies to varying degrees, but the innovations have been used only sparingly in the United States.

Washington Post, June 02, 2019
Its 3-D models of temples, monuments and tombs let viewers imagine themselves inside astonishing structures, such as the Khafre Pyramid and the Sphinx, an enigmatic colossus whose origins are still up for debate.

Cosmos, June 05, 2019
The United Nations supports research into water-borne living as a way to deal with climate change.

MIT Technology Review, June 03, 2019
Regulators in the US have taken a big step toward bringing antitrust suits against American tech giants, but they face a long road ahead.

NPR/Shots, May31, 2019
People are using oils with cannabidiol, or CBD, to help with everything from menstrual cramps to insomnia. While the hype around CBD has gotten ahead of the science, there are a growing number of small studies that do point to some health benefits. But the FDA has concerns over
how these products are marketed, and is seeking more data about their safety.


HEALTH 

Science Daily, May 30, 2019
Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease -- according to a new study. Eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15 per cent.

The Guardian, June 03, 2019
Nearly half the meat and fish tested had double the advisory level for PFAS, chemicals linked to cancer and liver problems

Quanta, May 30, 2019
Viruses and other parasites may sync with their host's biological clock - or reset it - to gain an advantage.

Washington Post, May 30, 2019
If you look at some of the most recent outbreaks, many of them - romaine lettuce, cucumbers, melons - have been tied to produce. So let's be smart about this.

The Guardian, June 03, 2019
National academies say effects include spread of diseases and worse mental health


NATURE 

Science News, June 05, 2019
Scientists have long wondered how Earth's global surface recycling system got its start,

Your Surgeon's Childhood Hobbies May Affect Your Health
New York Times, May 30, 2019
Medical schools are noticing a decline in students' dexterity, possibly from spending time swiping screens rather than developing fine motor skills through woodworking and sewing.

Ancient Siberia Was Home to Previously Unknown Humans
The Guardian, June 05, 2019
DNA analysis reveals hardy group genetically distinct from Eurasians and East Asians,

Anthropocene, May 31, 2019
The number of fishing vessels globally has doubled, but conversely, the amount of fish we're catching is a mere one-fifth of what it was back in 1950,

Washington Post, June 03, 2019
Like every state east of the Mississippi, Illinois is worried about its growing population of city-slicker coyotes.


ENVIRONMENT 

Wired, May 28, 2019
The battles over these wind farms aren't making headlines, but they are having an impact across the country. Every fight slows the transition to a renewable-powered world.

Sydney Morning Herald, May 28, 2019
With oceans absorbing about 22 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere a day, seas have already become about 30 per cent more acidic over the past two centuries.

Environmental Health News, June 05, 2019
Agriculture expert explores how today's relationship to food banishes nature and the environment to the periphery of how we live, instead of at the center.

US, Brazil and Australia Lead the World in Weakening National Parks
Cosmos, June 03, 2019
Two million kilometers opened up to industry - and that's not including marine sanctuaries.

The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry
New York Times, June 03, 2019
On their migrations north, famished birds stop to feast on eggs laid by horseshoe crabs. But the crabs were over-fished, and conservationists say that some bird species may not recover.


CLIMATE

Kids Face Rising Health Risks from Climate Change, Doctors Warn as Juliana Case Returns to Court
Inside Climate News, June 04, 2019
A federal appeals court heard arguments as the government tried again to get the children's climate lawsuit dismissed.

NPR/All Things Considered, June 04, 2019  (w/audio)
An increasing body of research finds people's beliefs about climate change can be changed by big disasters, like the current flooding across America's heartland.

The Guardian, June 04, 2019 (Joseph Stiglitz)
Critics of the Green New Deal ask if we can afford it. But we can't afford not to: our civilization is at stake

Washington Post, May 30, 2019
The range of outcomes scientists now consider possible has shifted markedly toward more melting and, therefore, higher seas.

GlacierHub.org, June 05, 2019
When glaciers recede, they leave barren landscapes behind. Dust from these surfaces can influence clouds high above, both how they form and how long they last.


 
 
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