Selected Sci-News Items  June 22- June 28, 2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate


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GENERAL INTEREST

NPR/Hidden Brain, June 17, 2019 (w/audio)
Why did Willie the pet mouse get a funeral, while the captured mouse received an early end?

Cosmos, June 24, 2019
In 1968, almost two decades before personal computers arrived, the revolution kicked off.

Phys.Org, June 21, 2019
To mathematicians, a mathematical proof is "beyond any doubt"-and it is a thing of beauty.

The Guardian, June 24, 2019
Temperatures could hit 40C (that's 100+ F) from Spain to Switzerland, with authorities urging children and older people to stay indoors.

Nature, June 20, 2019
Cuts to science advisory panels for federal agencies will haunt the United States long after the current administration finishes.


COSMOS

Science News, June 24, 2019
Some of the supernova remnant's gamma rays have more than 100 trillion electron volts of energy.
 
Science, June 24, 2019
The finding, if it holds up, will only deepen the mystery of methane on Mars. Methane can be a byproduct of microbial life, but it can also be produced through geological reactions or created in the atmosphere. from carbon in solar system dust.

MIT Technology Review, June 20, 2019
Physicists and philosophers have long claimed that life can form only in a universe like ours, with three dimensions of space and one of time. That thinking may need to be revised.
   
New York Times, June 23, 2019
At the time of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission in the 1960s, some Americans had reservations about the wisdom of reaching for the stars when troubles swelled on Earth.

Cosmos, June 18, 2019
Link between space weather and El NiƱo comes under the spotlight.


INNOVATION

MIT Technology Review, June 24, 2019
This year's list shows that even in our hard, cynical world, there are still lots of smart people willing to dedicate their lives to the idea that technology can make a safer, fairer world.

Quanta, June 19, 2019
Pure, verifiable randomness is hard to come by. Two proposals show how to make quantum computers into randomness factories.

CBC, June 25, 2019
The walls provide both structural strength and insulation. It helps the home maintain inside temperatures more than twice as effectively as conventionally built homes, the builders say.

Physics, June 18, 2019
A recent conference in France brought together artists and researchers to discuss ways to draw science-in particular in comic strips.

New York Times, June 19, 2019
The countries of Europe, which together represent the world's third-largest industrial emitter, are set to decide on June 27 whether they can leap to a future largely free of fossil fuels within the next 30 years.


HEALTH 

The Guardian, June 23, 2019
The Predict study measured thousands of people's reactions to different foods in an effort to develop truly individualized, preventive medicine. Is this the start of a dietary revolution?

The Conversation, June 20, 2019
A recent study found that a quarter of adults over 50 take a supplement for brain-related health. But that same study, done by experts convened by the AARP, suggests that seniors should spend their money elsewhere. The supplements don't work.

Harvard Gazette, June 20, 2019
In a recent report, researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have compiled 36 expert tips that help make your home a healthier place to live.

New York Times, June 25, 20129
Here's what research suggests about a class of drugs called anti-cholinergics, which treat a wide range of ailments, from depression to bladder issues.

Inside Climate News, June 25, 2019
Ahead of the first debates, 70-plus health groups call for moving away from fossil fuels.


NATURE 

Nature, June 26, 2019
Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.

Scientific American, June 22, 2019
Just like climate deniers, they're out to obfuscate and debase the scientists and conservationists trying to save the world-and maybe get rid of a few pesky species in the process

The Atlantic, June 17, 2019
Two specialized muscles give them a range of expression that wolves' eyes lack.

Science Daily, June 19, 2019
The survey results indicate winter losses of 37.7 percent, which is the highest winter loss reported since the survey began 13 years ago and 8.9 percentage points higher than the survey average.
SftPublic 2015 program   What Happened to the Honeybees?
 
Science, June 20, 2019
A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive.


ENVIRONMENT 

Cosmos, June 20, 2019
Mathematical research suggests that when it comes to growing crops, more is more.

New York Times, June 25, 2019
The Air Force is trying to expand its warfare training zone in Nevada, closing off parts of a wildlife refuge.

Wired, June 18, 2019
Though scientists can't say if one storm or one wet season is the result of climate change, so far this year's heavy rains are a perfect illustration of what scientific models of climate change predict for the region. And it's only going to get more intense.

NPR/Goats & Soda, June 15, 2019 (incredible photos)
The Anthropocene project, which includes photography, film, virtual reality and augmented reality, took four years to complete and launched in September 2018.

The Guardian, June 27, 2019
The Golden State's prohibition is a stand against the Trump administration, which has supported continued use of the chemical.


CLIMATE 

New Yorker, June 20, 2019
Over the past forty years, the average rate that the Himalayas have lost ice has doubled.

Science Daily, June 24, 2019
Increased solar radiation penetrating through the damaged ozone layer is interacting with the changing climate, and the consequences are rippling through the Earth's natural systems, effecting everything from weather to the health and abundance of sea mammals like seals and penguins.

National Geographic, June 18, 2019
The prehistoric predators may have had shaggy coats that changed colors with the seasons, helping them hunt caribou and mammoth.

Inside Climate Change, June 26, 2019
How do the Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate actions and promises to solve the crisis? With the debates coming, ICN analyzes their records.

New York Times, June 21, 2019
At a time when the country is already deeply fractured along partisan lines, individual states are starting to pursue vastly different policies on climate change with the potential to cement an economic and social divide for years to come.


 
 
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