Selected Sci-News Items September 21 - September 26, 2019
General Interest Cosmos
Innovation Health Nature Environment Climate
First Portrait of Mysterious Denisovans Drawn from DNA
Nature, September 19 2019
Scientists analyzed chemical changes to the ancient humans' DNA to reveal broad, Neanderthal-like facial features.
Modern Zoos: Prison, Spectacle, Refuge
Aeon, September 19, 2019
Modern zoos are proud of their contribution to animal conservation but will always be haunted by their histories.
Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies
New York Times, September 23, 2019 (must-see photos!)
A photo survey of the blackboards of mathematicians.
More Than One-Quarter of Physics Nobel Laureates Are Immigrants
Physics World, September 25, 2019
Out of 209 physics laureates, the authors classified 54 as being immigrants. That is more than 25 percent!
A New Book Shows How Not to Fall For Dubious Statistics
Science News, September 16, 2019
'The Art of Statistics' shows how to think critically about numbers and data analyses
Just How Feasible is a Warp Drive?
Universe Today, September 24, 2019
It's hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the speed of light is absolute. It is little wonder then
why science fiction franchises routinely employ FTL (Faster-than-Light) as a plot device.
The Quest to Unlock the Secrets of the Baby Universe
Scientific American, September 24, 2019
Radio astronomers look to hydrogen for insights into the universe's first billion years.
Mysterious Magnetic Pulses Discovered on Mars
National Geographic, September 24, 2019
The nighttime events are among initial results from the InSight lander, which also found hints that the red planet may host a global reservoir of liquid water deep below the surface.
How Understanding Sun Angles Clarifies the Character of the Seasons and Their Weather
Washington Post, September 23, 2019
It is late September, and the autumnal equinox has arrived. Noticing differences in sun angle during different times of year and locations
helps our knowledge of weather, climate and the natural world.
2000 Atoms in Two Places At Once: A New Record in Quantum Superposition
Phys.Org, September 24, 2019
By confirming this phenomenon-"the heart of quantum mechanics," in Richard Feynman's words-on a new mass scale, improved constraints on alternative theories to quantum mechanics have been placed.
IBM's New 53-Qubit Quantum Computer Is the Most Powerful Machine You Can Use
MIT Technology Review, September 18, 2019
Google has a 72-qubit device, but it hasn't let outsiders run programs on it; IBM's machine, on the other hand, will be accessible via the cloud.
France Forgets Its Own Golden Age of Medical Marijuana
The Conversation, September 24, 2019
In the middle 19th century Paris functioned as the epicenter of an international movement to medicalize hashish, an intoxicant made from the pressed resin of cannabis plants.
Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction
Quanta, September 19, 2019
After successfully predicting laboratory earthquakes, a team of geophysicists has applied a machine learning algorithm to quakes in the Pacific Northwest.
Microbe Battles Contaminants
Cosmos, September 23, 2019
A bacterium from the wetlands shows promise against persistent pollutant.
Exercising To Ease Pain: Taking Brisk Walks Can Help
NPR/Shots, September 23, 2019 (w/audio)
For people who live with chronic pain, getting up, out and moving can seem daunting... But in fact,
researchers find the opposite is true: The right kind of exercise can help reduce pain.
Six Ways to Stay Healthy When You're Stressed
The Guardian, September 23, 2019
Keeping on top of your mental health in today's taxing world can be tough. But a few changes can help lift the burden.
Air Pollution Can Reach the Placenta Around a Developing Baby
Science News, September 17, 2019
A study of women in Belgium found black carbon particles, or soot, within the organ.
What To Know About EEE, a Mosquito-Borne Virus On the Rise
STAT, September 23, 2019
If you live in Massachusetts or Michigan, you are probably hearing a lot these days about something called EEE.
Collagen in Your Coffee? A Scientist Says Forget It
The Conversation, September 18, 2019
Starting in our 20s, our bodies produce less collagen, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner.
What Happens When Magnetic North and True North Align?
Cosmos, September 23, 2019
Recently, magnetic compasses at Greenwich. the historic London area known as the home of the Prime Meridian, were said
to have pointed directly at the north geographic pole for the first time in 360 years.
Birds Are Vanishing from North America
New York Times, September 19, 2019
The number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century, scientists find.
The World's Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns
New York Times, September 25, 2019
Climate change is heating the oceans and altering their chemistry so dramatically that it is threatening seafood supplies, fueling cyclones and floods and posing profound risks to the hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts.
UN Climate Summit: Small Countries Step Up While Major Emitters Are Silent, and a Teen Takes World Leaders to Task
Inside Climate News, September 24, 2019
The nation (USA) that has contributed the most to global greenhouse emissions over time pointedly played no part in the session
aimed at raising ambition for the next round of international commitments under the Paris climate accord.
Some Corporations Step Up Climate Action As Government Policies Stall
Washington Post, September 24, 2019
Even though some parts of the private sector are setting new targets, they're not enough.
IPCC Report Warns of a Bleak Future for Oceans and Frozen Regions Under Climate Change
Science News, September 25, 2019
The ocean, while suffering from climate change, may also offer solutions to it
The Hard Truths of Climate Change - by the Numbers
Nature, September 18, 2019
A set of troubling charts shows how little progress nations have made toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.
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