Selected Sci-News Items  September 14 - September 20,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

 
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GENERAL INTEREST

Leonardo da Vinci's Mechanical Lion Goes on Display in Paris
Phys.Org, September 12, 2019 (see the image)
The lion, which is two meters (six feet, seven inches) high and three meters long and made of wood with a metal mechanism, is a reconstruction based on a rudimentary sketch left by da Vinci.

Cosmos, September 16, 2019
Where do ideas like the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot and other cryptids come from?

An Island Grave Site Hints At Far-Flung Ties Among Ancient Americans
Science News, September 13, 2019
Great Lakes and southeastern hunter-gatherers may have had direct contact 4,000 years ago.

National Geographic, September 10, 2019
Medieval audiences couldn't get enough of Polo's fascinating accounts of faraway lands, turning his book into a runaway success.

The Conversation, September 13, 2019
A history lesson that will  ...wake you right up!


COSMOS 

Science Daily, September 16, 2019
Astronomers have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the edge of existence, approaching the theoretical maximum mass possible for a neutron star.
 
New York Times, September 12, 2019
Astronomers around the world are sitting on the edges of their seats right now, waiting to see if yet another comet from another sun has invaded the solar system.
 
Study Finds the Universe Might Be 2 Billion Years Younger
Phys.Org, September 12, 2019
The huge swings in scientists' estimates-even this new calculation could be off by billions of years-reflect different approaches to the tricky problem of figuring the universe's real age.

Nature, September 17, 2019
Experiment produces best laboratory estimate yet of super-light particle's maximum mass.

We're Going To Slam a Spacecraft into an Asteroid to Try to Deflect It
MIT Technology Review, September 18, 2019
NASA and ESA want to know that if an asteroid were on a collision course with Earth, we could do something about it.

INNOVATION

Anthropocene, September 12, 2019
Dams can have immense environmental impacts. Solar panels could produce the same energy as all the dams in the U.S. while taking up only 13 percent of the square footage.

Civil Eats, September 17, 2019
The public and private sectors are rapidly picking up efforts to ramp up carbon farming.

Wired, September 12, 2019
Launched 20 years ago this week, Wi-Fi nearly hit a dead spot.

Vice, September 16, 2019
Can bacteria help prevent one of Earth's deadliest geologic disasters?

Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers' Hair
New York Times, September 16, 2019
Getting sufficient DNA out of a rootless hair has long been considered impossible. A scientist, better known for work with ancient fossils, has figured it out.  It's a game-changer for crime and surveillance.


HEALTH

The Guardian, September 17, 2019
Demand for 'healing' crystals is soaring - but many are mined in deadly conditions in one of the world's poorest countries.  And there is little evidence that this billion-dollar industry is cleaning up its act.

New York Review of Books September 26, 2019
Excellent reviews of some of the best new "must-read" books on air pollution.

New York Times, September 16, 2019
Those with T.G.A. do not experience any alteration in consciousness or abnormal movements. Only the ability to lay down memories is affected.

Washington Post, September 13, 2019
Faced with pressure to curtail suspicious opioid shipments, an alliance fought back with every weapon at its disposal.

Health Officials Are Hunting For the Culprit Behind Vaping-Related Illnesses. Five Questions about the Outbreak
STAT, September 16, 2019
Health officials still haven't identified why vapers -  the majority of cases are in young men - are developing severe cases of pneumonia.


NATURE

Cosmos, September 17, 2019
The way immune cells pick friends from foes can be described by a classic math puzzle known as the "narrow escape problem".

National Geographic, September 13, 2019
A buzz that rocked the state all summer sent geologists on a labyrinthine chase-and unearthed new mysteries about how energy moves through land and air.

Nature, September 13, 2019
Studying ecosystems affected by climate change takes an emotional toll on researchers.

New York Times, September 16, 2019
Warming waters and a series of dams are making the grueling migration of the Chinook salmon even more deadly - and threatening dozens of other species.

Hypoxia City
Science, September 12, 2019
At 5100 meters' elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world's highest settlement-and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.


ENVIRONMENT 

The Conversation, September 17, 2019
Hurricanes like Dorian and Maria may be disastrous for humans and their property, but some fish have actually evolved to thrive in severe weather.

The Guardian, September 16, 2019
The public is providing more than $1 million per minute in global farm subsidies, much of which is driving the climate crisis and destruction of wildlife, according to a new report.

BBC News, September 12, 2019
Deforestation continues at an alarming rate and threatens to prevent the world from preventing dangerous climate change, experts have said.

How Big Oil Blocked the Nation's Greenest Governor on Climate Change
Inside Climate News, September 10, 2019
Publicly, BP supported carbon pricing. Behind the scenes, it extracted concessions from Gov. Jay Inslee, then dropped its support last minute, emails show.

New York Times, September 16, 2019
The April fire that engulfed Notre-Dame contaminated the cathedral site with clouds of toxic dust and exposed nearby schools, day care centers, public parks and other parts of Paris to alarming levels of lead.

CLIMATE 

New Yorker, September 17, 2019 (Bill McKibben)
What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries moved away from fossil fuels?

Inside Climate Change, September 16, 2019
A new tool is tracking automated and otherwise questionable social media accounts as they sow disinformation, discord and division. Climate change is a target.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Nations Leading and Failing on Climate Action
Phys.Org/The Conversation, September 18, 2019  (w/ great graphics)
Taking stock of the world's best and worst performers when it comes to tackling the climate emergency.

The Guardian, September 15, 2019
Major CBS News poll released as part of Covering Climate Now, a collaboration of more than 250 news outlets around the world to strengthen coverage of the climate story

NPR, Weekend Edition, September 14, 2019 (w/audio)
Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation says six communities dealt with water shortages this summer, more than any summer in recent memory.


 
 
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