Selected Sci-News Items Sept 25 - Oct 02, 2020

General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate
 
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CORONAVIRUS

The Atlantic, September 18, 2020
The coming months of the pandemic could be catastrophic. The U.S. still has ways to prepare.

Nature, September 16, 2020
Rapid antigen tests are designed to tell in a few minutes whether someone is infectious. Will they be game changers?

EurekAlert! September 22, 2020
Controlling COVID-19 has presented public health policymakers with a conundrum.

National Geographic, September 18, 2020
Another piece of coronavirus misinformation is making the rounds. Here's how to sift through the muck.

STAT, September 17, 2020
Operation Warp Speed is expediting vaccine development primarily by moving clinical trials forward without pauses between phases, and by scaling up manufacturing capacity before knowing if a candidate works.


GENERAL INTEREST

Symmetry, September 22, 2020
Handedness -and the related concept of chirality- are double-sided ways of understanding how matter breaks symmetries.

BBC News, September 20, 2020
A total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian necropolis.

Cosmos, September 24, 2020
Old manuscripts help new technology find the evidence.

Chemistry World, September 20, 2020
Despite its ubiquity in human life, chemists have still barely unlocked what's happening amid the flames.

Nautilus, September 22, 2020
The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) may go down in history for at least two reasons: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it's the first time the event has been held remotely, and it may also be the last time that artificial intelligence doesn't compete.


COSMOS 

Quanta, September 17, 2020
Renormalization has become perhaps the single most important advance in theoretical physics in 50 years. 

Universe Today, September 19, 2020
These could be located anywhere in the solar system, could be of any size that material science allows, and have different characteristics, such as temperature, climate, gravity, and even lengths of day. 

Phys.Org, September 23, 2020
Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) may have figured out how to determine whether life is -or was- lurking deep beneath the surface of Mars, the Moon, and other rocky objects in the universe.
   
Nature, September 23, 2020
Pictures created from old observations show the void's stormy evolution over the past decade.
    
Sci-News, September 17, 2020
Two new photos, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, show Jupiter with its turbulent atmosphere and giant storms. One of the images also features Europa, one of Jupiter's Galilean moons.

INNOVATION

Science Daily, September 17, 2020
Researchers have developed a new tool called the Phish Scale that could help organizations better train their employees to avoid a particularly dangerous form of cyber attack known as phishing.

Cosmos, September 22, 2020
This humble deep-sea glass sponge may inspire a new generation of construction. Its skeletal structure has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than the traditional lattice designs used for centuries in buildings and bridges.

Inside Climate News, September 17, 2020
The company says it aims to be carbon-free around the clock by 2030, and it appears to be not just a public relations move.

New York Times, September 22, 2020
Life in the deep sea may soon be accessible to all. Public aquariums around the world are spending millions of dollars on research and development aimed at putting deep-sea animals on display.

The Narwhal, September 12, 2020
Radioactive decay of elements in the Earth's crust generates heat, accessible anywhere that geological anomalies like faults and fractures create conduits for hot fluids to be accessed by drilling.

HEALTH 

Science Daily, September 18, 2020
Study shows that short, easy-to-apply relaxation techniques can activate the body's regenerative system for fighting stress -- offering new perspective on how we can treat stress-related disease

New York Times, September 14, 2020
A curcumin extract eased pain, stiffness and physical function in those with osteoarthritis of the knee.

BBC News, September 13, 2020
The rise in allergies in recent decades has been particularly noticeable in the West. 

Washington Post, September 22, 2020
If ever there were a time for people to know the important skills that make up what mental health experts refer to as "psychological first aid," a pandemic is it.

The Guardian, September 24, 2020 (co-published w/Consumer Reports)
The federal government has still not set limits for PFAS compounds, and some allege that could be because it is a polluter of them itself


NATURE 

EarthSky, September 22, 2020
Some assume our planet's changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. That's logical, but not the case for Earth.

Smithsonian, September 22, 2020
The trees may look fuzzy, but they're covered in tiny needles that can cause months of pain.

Mongabay, September 14, 2020
These views are pushed by many of the same people who also downplay the impacts of climate change, and go against the actual evidence of widespread species population declines and recent extinctions.

National Geographic, September 22, 2020
The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns.

New York Times Magazine, September 18, 2020
Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms have confounded humans since ancient times. Now, they're a reminder of our tenuous place in an uncertain world.


ENVIRONMENT

BBC News, September 23, 2020
Extreme weather events, the rise in sea levels and other challenges associated with the changing climate are threatening to destroy invaluable cultural landmarks, a recent study warns.

The Guardian, September 22, 2020
Facebook blames mistake in system for restrictions on groups including Greenpeace USA.

Anthropocene, September 18, 2020
But it would require drastic dietary changes to free that land for re-wilding.

Oceanographic, Issue 14, 2020
Species-specific characteristics, overall oxygen levels and ocean temperature combine to determine which parts of the ocean are "breathable" for different ocean-dwelling creature

The Conversation, September 17, 2020
In 2020, an estimated 24 million to 34 million tonnes of plastic waste will enter the world's lakes, rivers and oceans. That is roughly the weight of 21,000 rail locomotives.

 
CLIMATE 

Science, September 22, 2020
The Trump administration's pick to become the new chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a meteorologist who frequently criticizes "climate alarmists," according to media reports and a source with knowledge of the appointment.

The Tipping Points at the Heart of the Climate Crisis
The Guardian, September 19, 2020
Many parts of the Earth's climate system have been destabilized by warming, from ice sheets and ocean currents to the Amazon rainforest - and scientists believe that if one collapses others could follow.

Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second-Lowest Summer Minimum On Record
Carbon Brief, September 21, 2020
Each year, Arctic sea ice goes through a seasonal cycle, growing in area and thickness through the cooler winter months before shrinking back again as temperatures rise in the spring and summer.

Inside Climate News, September 23, 2020
Melting Arctic ice sends extreme winter storms from the north, while the expanding tropics press the mid-latitudes from the south.

BBC News, September 22, 2020
The announcement is being seen as a significant step in the fight against climate change. 

 

 
 
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