Selected Sci-News Items  August 31 - September 06,  2019
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

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The Guardian, August 30, 2019
Over the past few hundred years in the UK all compass needles have pointed west of true north.

France Is Still Cleaning Up Marie Curie's Nuclear Waste
Bloomberg Business Week, August 28, 2019
Her lab outside Paris, dubbed Chernobyl on the Seine, is still radioactive nearly a century after her death.

Introducing the Amazing Concept of Gravito-Electromagnetism
Cosmos, September 05, 2019
The surprising idea of comparing gravity and electromagnetism - two entirely different kinds of phenomena - began with the intriguing mathematical analogy between the equations of Newtonian gravity and Coulomb's law of electrostatics.

Science, August 29, 2019
The findings imply that the first people in the Americas must have come by sea, moving rapidly down the Pacific coast and up rivers.

John Steinbeck's Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology
Smithsonian Magazine, September 2019 issue
It was the most renowned literary collaboration between a great American novelist and a great American scientist, and it produced a highly original and influential book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez.


Quanta, August 28, 2019
At stake are fundamental ideas about how black holes form - and a six-way bet.

So Was It the Chicken or the Egg?
Cosmos, September 04, 2019
Physicists find time, but not as we know it.
Symmetry, September 03, 2019
The Cherenkov Telescope Array will combine experimental and observatory-style approaches to investigate the universe's highest energies.

Europa: There May Be Life on Jupiter's Moon and Two New Missions Will Pave the Way for Finding It
The Conversation, August 28, 2019
It's brilliant news. In just over a decade, there will be two spacecraft exploring one of the most habitable worlds in the solar system - Jupiter's moon Europa.

Scientific American, August 30, 2019
Researchers have gained control of the elusive "particle" of sound, the phonon. Although phonons --the smallest units of the vibrational energy that makes up sound waves-are not matter,they can be considered particles the way photons are particles of light.


New Yorker, September 02, 2019
In the era of Big Data, we've come to believe that, with enough information, human behavior is predictable. But number crunching can lead us perilously wrong.

MIT Technology Review, August 22, 2019
Scientists have managed to send a record-breaking amount of data in quantum form, using a strange unit of quantum information called a qutrit.

Anthropocene, August 29, 2019
The cooling system, reported in Nature Sustainability, absorbs heat from air and sends it through the Earth's atmosphere into outer-space. Unlike past systems that work on that same radiative cooling concept, it uses low-cost materials that could be easily made on a large commercial scale.

New York Times, September 03, 2019
Clusters of living brain cells are teaching scientists about diseases like autism. With a new finding, some experts wonder if these organoids may become too much like the real thing.

Science News, August 28, 2019
The prototype could give rise to a new generation of faster, more energy-efficient electronics.


Deutsche Welle, August 28, 2019
A lot can happen after a stroke. There are people who then speak with a foreign accent, or even lose their mother tongue and can only speak a foreign language. How is that even possible?

Washington Post, September 02, 2019
Here are eating strategies that can help keep your gastrointestinal tract in good working order.

Science Daily, September 03, 2019
A three-year study has shown that there is no benefit in taking high doses of vitamin D.  More research is required to determine if high doses may actually compromise bone health.

The Guardian, August 29, 2019
While veganism is growing rapidly in the west, other parts of the world have had meat-free cuisines for centuries.

New York Times, August 31, 2019
A surge of severe lung ailments has baffled doctors and public health experts.

It Doesn't Matter If It's Sugary or Diet: New Study Links All Soda to an Early Death
Washington Post, September 04, 2019
Hold up, diet soda drinkers. Regular consumption of soft drinks - both sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened - was associated with a greater risk of all causes of death in this very large study.


National Geographic, August 26, 2019
But it's not clear that eating "people food" is necessarily bad for urban birds.

Quanta, August 29, 2019
In the "underground economy" for soil nutrients, fungi strike hard bargains and punish plants that won't meet their price.
New York Times, August 29, 2019
At least 17 children in Spain developed a form of "werewolf syndrome" after they were given medication intended to treat heartburn that was actually used to stop hair loss.

Cosmos, August 22, 2019
Scientists know methane is released from deep-sea vents, but its source has long been a mystery.

Nature, September 04, 2019
Researchers race to retrieve ice amid protests by local residents.


PRI/Living on Earth, August 30, 2019 (w/audio + text)
The unprotected parts of the Everglades region are open to development, including oil drilling.

Science Daily, August 29, 2019
As Issues like climate change, global warming, and renewable energy dominate the national conversation, it's easy to assume these topics are exclusive to the modern world. But a huge collaborative study in Science reveals that early humans across the entire globe were changing and impacting their environments as far back as 10,000 years ago

The Guardian, August 30, 2019
Spring frosts and summer heatwaves have taken a toll on French vineyards.

Reuters, August 31, 2019
The world's seas are increasingly threatened by global warming, acidification and pollution, making it crucial to agree on a global treaty to protect them, the U.N. oceans envoy said.

Cosmos, August 30, 2019
New Australian research reveals how that's fueling climate change.


The Guardian, September 04, 2019
Environmental groups rate Democrats' plans and records ahead of CNN's town hall focusing on the climate crisis.  Here's the debate

New York Times, September 04, 2019
The gradual shift toward more efficient light bulbs is one of the largely unsung success stories in the fight to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Wired, August 28, 2019
Grim as the UN's latest climate report is, it doesn't confront the dangerous, government-hijacking power of agribusiness.

Inside Climate News, August 29, 2019
It doesn't mean the world can wait until 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, or that chaos will erupt in 2030. Here's what the science shows.

Agence France Presse, August 29, 2019
The same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth's marine environment is brought to heel, warns a draft UN report obtained by AFP.

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