Selected Sci-News Items  July 13 - July 19,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate


SftPublic July 10 (video)   Nectar and the Health of Bees 
SftPublic July 16 (video)   Mathematical Prediction of Sixth Mass Extinction   
 
   
   
 
  GENERAL INTEREST

Nature, July 16, 2019 (great images!) 
On the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance icon's death, Martin Kemp looks anew at his innovative experimental models for the motion of water and blood.

Deutsche Welle, July 12, 2019 
A tireless advocate for conservation and one of the world's most prominent primatologists, Jane Goodall travels 300 days a year, explaining why it's important to protect our environment and wildlife.

New York Times, July 15, 2019 
After 50 years of Apollo nostalgia, we have yet to fully answer the central question: Why send humans into space?

Phys.Org, July 12, 2019
Atomic interactions in everyday solids and liquids are so complex that some of these materials' properties continue to elude physicists' understanding.

The Guardian, July 14, 2019 
The internet is awash  with ads (1) for costly but bogus treatments - and (2) claims that scientists are suppressing a cure for the disease.

 
COSMOS   
 
NPR, July 11, 2019 (w/audio/video + photos) 
When astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon 50 years ago, it was a giant leap for functional fashion. The spacesuit he wore was an unprecedented blend of technology and tailoring. 
  
Phys.Org, July 08, 2019 
Supercomputer simulations of galaxies have shown that Einstein's theory of General Relativity might not be the only way to explain how gravity works or how galaxies form.    

Symmetry, July 11, 2019 
A new study shows that light dark matter is 1000 times less likely to bump into regular matter than previous analyses allowed.

Science News, July 10, 2019 
From Plato to Galileo to Chang'e, views of our lunar neighbor keep evolving.

Phys.Org, July 13, 2019 (w/images) 
For the first time ever, physicists have managed to take a photo of a strong form of quantum entanglement called Bell entanglement-capturing visual evidence of an  
elusive phenomenon which a baffled Albert Einstein once called 'spooky action at a distance'.

APOLLO 11 IN REAL TIME   check this out! 
Apollo 11 in Real Time is a website that will drop you into the mission in progress at that very second, exactly 50 years ago.  The website streams photos, television broadcasts, film shot by the astronauts and transcripts of the mission in real time - including, for the first time, 50 channels of mission-control audio.


INNOVATION  
 
The Conversation, July 15, 2019 
The smartphone era is only just over a decade old, but the pocket-sized computers at the heart of that societal transformation are only really possible because of another technology: lithium-ion batteries.  
 
Are Bioplastics Better for the Environment Than Conventional Plastics? 
Ensia, July 16, 2019 
Confusion among terms like bioplastics, bio-based and biodegradable plastics makes it hard to discern - and make - the environmentally responsible choice.   
 
Brain Implant Restores Partial Vision to Blind People 
The Guardian, July 13, 2019 
Medical experts hail 'paradigm shift' of implant that transmits video images directly to the visual cortex, bypassing the eye and optic nerve

Wired, July 13, 2019 
In February, a YouTube user found that the site's recommendation algorithm was making it easier for pedophiles to connect and share child porn in the comments sections of certain videos. The discovery was horrifying for numerous reasons.

New Yorker, July 15, 2019 
New "living drugs"-made from a patient's own cells-can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?   
 
HEALTH   
 
New York Times, July 15, 2019 
Lenses that transition in sunlight to become sunglasses help protect eyes from dust, bugs, drying breezes and, most important of all, the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.

Environmental Health News, July 12, 2019 
BPA is already banned in the EU for some products - such as baby bottles - due to concerns about its effects on the hormonal and reproductive systems.

NPR/Shots, July 13, 2019 (w/audio) 
When Michael Howard arrives for a checkup with his lung specialist, he's worried about how his body will cope with the heat and humidity of a Boston summer. 
 
STAT, July 11, 2019 
Nearly half of all deaths worldwide in children under the age of 5 are from malnutrition. And those who manage to survive suffer long-term consequences, such as stunted growth and delays in neurodevelopment. 
 
The Guardian, July 12, 2019 
Study shows associated damage to critical pumping muscles, even in children.

 
NATURE
 
Cosmos, July 13, 2019 
New archaeological and genetic evidence is fleshing out the story.

Quanta, July 08, 2019 
Death isn't always irreversible. Cells that are seemingly dead or dying can sometimes revive themselves through a process called anastasis. 
 
Science News, July 16, 2019 
An uptick in atmospheric moisture may be fueling clouds that catch the sun's rays after dark

Cosmos, July 15, 2019 
An international research team has found new information in a place that's hard to reach.

Washington Post, July 12, 2019 
As a subculture of enthusiasts raises and breeds the big cats, authorities now say there probably are more of the animals in cages in the United States than in the wild across the world.


ENVIRONMENT   
 
BBC News, July 11, 2019 
In recent years, consumers in the US and UK have seen the price of a latte rise - even though farmers see less than 2% of those profits.

The Guardian July 17, 2019 
The birds, whose numbers once dropped to just 22 in the wild in the early 1980s, have two new chicks: Nos 1,000 and 1,001

Science News, July 15, 2019 
By 2050, sea level rise could make such flooding a new normal, a NOAA report warns.  
 
This Year's Wild, Wet Spring Is Feeding Massive Blobs of Toxic Algae 
Mother Jones, July 12, 2019 
As the bloom decays, it sucks oxygen out of the water. As a result, as NOAA puts it, "habitats that would normally be teeming with life become, essentially, biological deserts."

Cosmos, July 11, 2019 
New research reveals a dramatic re-balancing of young corals.


CLIMATE    
 
Washington Post, July 15, 2019 
Boosted by a historic heat wave in Europe and unusually warm conditions across the Arctic and Eurasia, the average temperature of the planet soared to its highest level ever recorded in June.

Ensia, July 09, 2019 
Despite living everywhere that larger organisms inhabit, and in many extreme environments in which they don't, bacteria and other microbes are "rarely the focus" of climate change research.  That needs to change.

Inside Climate News, July 17, 2019 
Even regions of the U.S. where extreme heat and humidity have been rare should expect significant increases in the number of hot days by mid-century.

The Guardian, July 12, 2019 
Fund donates £500,000 to grassroots Extinction Rebellion and other groups, with promise of more to come.
 
India's Terrifying Water Crisis
New York Times, July 15, 2019 
To survive the climate emergency, India needs the collective power of small-scale, nature-based efforts.



 
 
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