Selected Sci-News Items  November 02- November 08,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

 
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GENERAL INTEREST


Cosmos, October 31, 2019
Research finds he was a master of fluid dynamics.

How The World Has Changed! Science During The 40 Years Of 'Morning Edition'
NPR/Morning Edition, November 06, 2019
When Morning Edition first went on the air on Nov. 5, 1979, AIDS was an unknown acronym. And the ideas of a cloned mammal or a map of human DNA may as well have been science fiction.

Quanta, October 31, 2019
New work on the problem of "scissors congruence" explains when it's possible to slice up one shape and reassemble it as another.

The Guardian, October 04, 2019
Archaeological remains date from 900 to 1200 CE. Lidar crucial to discovery: 'This technology is unbelievable'

Business Insider, October 24, 2019
The atolls had been home to hundreds of Marshalese people, who were asked to relocate to neighboring islands, days away by boat. There, they were still not safe from the effects of radioactive fallout, which also extended to people around the world.


COSMOS

Science News, November 04, 2019
Data from two NASA spacecraft chart the boundary between the sun and the rest of the galaxy

Phys.Org, October 31, 2019
A census of all the black holes in the Milky Way galaxy reveals that the search might have been missing an entire class of black holes that they didn't know existed
 
What Shape Is the Universe? A New Study Suggests We’ve Got It All Wrong
Quanta, November 04, 2019
When researchers reanalyzed the gold-standard data set of the early universe, they concluded that the cosmos must be "closed," or curled up like a ball. Most others remain unconvinced.

The First Stars Formed Very Quickly
Universe Today, November 05, 2019
Ever since astronomers realized that the Universe is in a constant state of expansion and that a massive explosion likely started it all(the Big Bang), there have been unresolved questions about when and how the first stars formed.

Chemists Observe 'Spooky' Quantum Tunneling    
Phys.Org, November 05, 2019
A quantum mechanical phenomenon called tunneling allows ammonia and other molecules to simultaneously inhabit geometric structures that are separated by a prohibitively high energy barrier.


INNOVATION

Scientific American, November 04, 2019
The U.S. space mission aims to demonstrate technology that could someday help clean up space junk

The Independent, November 05, 2019
The new technology was inspired by the way plants use photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into glucose and oxygen.

TechXplore, November 01, 2019
Wellsayer works by helping users set goals with friends, such as, scheduling a weekly call.

STAT, November 06, 2019
The doctors were able to take immune system cells from the patients' blood and alter them genetically to help them recognize and fight cancer, with minimal and manageable side effects.

MIT Technology Review, November 05, 2019
The creator of the famous voice assistant dreams of a world where Alexa is everywhere, anticipating your every need.


HEALTH  
 
Deep Sleep Gives Your Brain a Deep Clean
Scientific American, November 01, 2019
Slow-wave activity during dreamless slumber helps wash out neural detritus

Washington Post, November 02, 2019
Although the body requires sugar for energy, health experts say the amount of added sugar most people eat is far more than needed.

New York Times, November 01, 2019
Omega-3 in fish oil is said to improve arthritis and reduce the likelihood of heart attacks. But the science suggests: Maybe just eat a fish once in a while.

Nature, November 01, 2019
Results from tests of unvaccinated children and monkeys come as measles cases spike around the world.

The Guardian, November 03, 2019
It's the vitamin that helps maintain bones, teeth and muscles, but levels can drop significantly once summer ends. Here's how to ensure you are getting enough.

Science Daily, November 04, 2019
The annual transition to and from daylight saving time (DST) has clinical implications that last longer than the days where clocks 'fall back' or 'spring forward.'


NATURE 

The Conversation, October 29, 2019
Canine madness - or the disease that we know today as rabies - conjured up the canine terrors that have formed the stuff of nightmares for centuries.

Phys.Org, November 05, 2019
The Aurignacians, culturally sophisticated yet mysterious humans, migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the region's history.

Physics World, November 05, 2019
Although ice and snow have been studied for more than 150 years, scientists still do not understand why they are so slippery.

Cosmos, November 05, 2019
And that's despite not having particularly large brains.

Science News, November 06, 2019
The 11.6-million-year-old bones still don't tell us how members of the genus Homo became bipeds


ENVIRONMENT 

Washington Post, October 31, 2019
If you think such collapses don't affect you, think again. Climate change, along with habitat destruction and over-consumption, is eviscerating species that are crucially important to humans.

Nautilus, November 07, 2019
Earth's great storehouses of carbon are looking ominous.

Fracking Halted in England in Major Government U-Turn
The Guardian, November 01, 2019
Victory for green groups follows damning scientific study and criticism from spending watchdog

National Geographic, November 04, 2019
Rising CO2 levels and a warmer earth means plants will grow bigger and have longer to suck the land dry. That's bad news for human water supplies.

The Atlantic, October 29, 2019
In a warming ocean, Alexandrium algae are shredding marine food webs-and disrupting beloved Alaska traditions.


CLIMATE 

Washington Post, November 05, 2019
Study outlines six major steps that 'must' be taken to address the situation.

Inside Climate News, November 05, 2019
No, the U.S. isn't out of the Paris climate agreement yet. Here's what's happening and what comes next.

Three-Quarters of Paris Agreement Pledges Judged Insufficient
Environmental Health News, November 06, 2019
As the US begins to withdraw from the global climate pact, the remaining pledges fall short in stemming planet-warming emissions growth.

Google Workers Call on Company to Adopt Aggressive Climate Plan
The Guardian, November 04, 2019
Letter signed by more than 1,000 employees calls for zero emissions by 2030 in latest wave of industry climate activism

New York Times, November 03, 2019
The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing.


 
 
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