Selected Sci-News Items  November 16 - November 22,  2019
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

SftPublic Nov 25 (Robbins Library) Designing Sustainable Urban Development
SftPublic (the first in our new video series) They Didn't Believe It! The Atom


Deutsche Welle, November 20, 2019 (laugh out loud photos!)
Each year, photographers submit their more hilarious wildlife snapshots to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Here are some of the 2019 winners.

Could the World Cope If GPS Stopped Working?
BBC November 06, 2019
For a start, we would all have to engage our brains and pay attention to the world around us when getting from A to B.

Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math
Quanta, November 03, 2019
Three physicists wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in math.

Climate Change Fueled the Rise and Demise of the Superpower of the Ancient World
The Conversation, November 13, 2019
The collapse of the Neo-Assyrian Empire offers a warning to today's societies.

A 9-Year-Old Is About to Get a University Degree. He Has #Giganticplans.
New York Time, November 15, 2019
Laurent Simons of Belgium wants to make artificial hearts. He also loves Fortnite and has thousands of followers on Instagram.


Science News, November 20, 2019
Light packing up to 1 trillion electron volts reveals details of these cosmic explosions

Nature, November 19, 2019
Cassini data reveal the geological diversity of Saturn's largest moon.

A New View into the History of the Universe
Symmetry, November 19, 2019
With an upgrade to the Super-Kamiokande detector, neutrino physicists will gain access to the supernovae of the past.

National Geographic, November 18, 2019
The discovery showcases some of the chemical enigmas we need to untangle for future Mars missions to properly search for life.

Could the Mysteries of Antimatter and Dark Matter Be Linked?
Phys.Org, November 13, 2019
The first laboratory experiments have been performed to determine whether a slightly different way in which matter and antimatter interact with dark matter might be a key to solving both mysteries.     


Cosmos, November 14, 2019
Researchers have created a protype system that generates a 3D image that can also emit sound and provide a tactile response when "touched". Many possible applications.

Revolutionary Recycling? A New Technology Turns Everyday Trash into Plastic Treasure
New York Times, November 18, 2019
Nothing is headed for a landfill. Instead, what's next is a process that could revolutionize recycling.

Science Daily, November 18, 2019
In the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges made of living tree roots can survive for centuries. Researchers have investigated these special structures and propose integrating this extraordinary building technique in modern architecture.

EarthSky, November 19, 2019
In fiction, astronauts enter 'suspended animation' to cross the vastness of space. Recently ESA investigated how real-life crew hibernation would impact a space mission to Mars.

Discover Magazine, October 23, 2019
Ideas and innovations that solved some of medicine's most confounding mysteries.


The Guardian, November 20, 2019
From beef to cod to avocados to soya, many of our best-loved foods raise big ethical and environmental questions. What do the experts say?

Americans Have Questions about Medicare-For-All. Canadians Have Answers.
Washington Post, November 19, 2019
When Bryan Keith was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago, he underwent a blizzard of tests, specialist consultations, a month of radiation treatment and a surgical procedure.  His out-of-pocket costs? Zero.

Science News, November 13, 2019
A CDC report adds two organisms to a list of five bacteria and fungi considered urgent threats

Inside Climate News, November 14, 2019
The latest Countdown report from the medical journal Lancet lays out the risks ahead, from the womb to adulthood.

Science Daily, November 14, 2019
These technologies get an 'F' rating for usability from health care professionals, and may be contributing to high rates of professional burnout, according to a new study.


L.A. Times, November 14, 2019
It's the latest evidence of how small faults can join together to produce a large earthquake, and how those quakes can cover a wider area than expected.

First Detection of Sugars in Meteorites Gives Clues to Origin of Life
Phys.Org, November 19, 2019
The new discovery adds to the growing list of biologically important compounds that have been found in meteorites, supporting the hypothesis that chemical reactions in asteroids-the parent bodies of many meteorites-can make some of life's ingredients.

The Conversation, November 15, 2019
If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you've noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any.

Cosmos, November 21, 2019
Research reveals they make pretty useful armor.

This Volcano Destroyed an Island, Then Created a New One
New York Times, November 14, 2019
After the October blast at Lateiki in the Kingdom of Tonga, a larger island formed over a connected vent in the ocean.


Common Dreams, November 15, 2019
"The pro-industry zealots now running the EPA's pesticide office are making a mockery of science and eliminating key safety measures, all for company profits."

How the World's Most Widely Used Insecticide Led to a Fishery Collapse
National Geographic, November 13, 2019
Neonicotinoids wiped out plankton and fish in a Japanese lake, and are likely harming aquatic ecosystems worldwide, new research suggests.

To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic
New York Times, November 14, 2019
Plastic waste from America, collected for recycling, is shipped to Indonesia. Some is burned as fuel by tofu makers, producing deadly chemicals and contaminating food.

Environmental Health News, November 14, 2019
"The power we all see with the Ohio River - we have this shared care for it. Its restoration would be symbolic of something bigger."

Flying Is Even Worse for Air Quality Than for Climate
Anthropocene, November 14, 2019
Researchers suggest the best ways to reduce the societal impact of aviation's climate and pollution emissions


The Guardian, November 20, 2019
'We're in a deep hole over the climate crisis and we need to stop digging,' warn experts

Aeon, November 20, 2019
Wild, feral and fossil-fueled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene?

Enclosed by Extremes: Record Heat and Cold Touch Every Corner of the U.S.
Washington Post, November 18, 2019
The nation is boxed in between extremes, with records set over the weekend in Alaska, California, Florida and Maine.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, November 12, 2019
The looming question is-how many people will be affected by rising seas in the coming decades?

Common Dreams, November 14, 2019
Environmentalist Bill McKibben called the decision a "truly amazing win."

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