Selected Sci-News Items Aug 01- Aug 07, 2020
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The Many Symptoms of Covid-19
New York Times, August 05, 2020
From a sniffle or cough that feels like allergies to severe body aches and crippling fatigue, the symptoms of coronavirus can be unpredictable from head to toe.
Covid-19 Apps and Wearables Are Everywhere. Can They Actually Benefit Patients?
STAT, August 04, 2020
The flood of tech tools - and the marketing machinery playing up their potential - promises to give users more timely information and fill key gaps in testing and tracing cases. But it is not
altogether certain that these devices will benefit patients.
New Fabric Could Help Keep You Cool in the Summer, Even Without A/C
Science Daily, July 29, 2020
Air conditioning and other space cooling methods account for about 10% of all electricity consumption in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Now, researchers have developed a material that cools the wearer without using any electricity.
The fabric transfers heat, allows moisture to evaporate from the skin and repels water.
The 'Solar Canals' Making Smart Use of India's Space
BBC Future Planet, August 03, 2020
Solar energy is clean, but it usually takes up huge tracts of land. In India, an alternative is turning the country's canals into glittering trails of solar panels.
Chocolate Helps Keep Heart's Blood Vessels Healthy, Review Suggests
Sci-News, July 28, 2020
"Chocolate contains heart healthy nutrients such as flavonoids, methylxanthines, polyphenols and stearic acid which may reduce inflammation and increase good cholesterol." Dr. Krittanawong said.
The 10-Move Dumbbell Workout You Can Do Right at Home
Health, August 05, 2020 (w/video)
Who needs a gym when you've got this total-body routine?
Health Illiteracy Is Nothing New in America. But the Pandemic Magnifies How Troubling It Is.
Washington Post, August 02, 2020
A Michigan library had to ask patrons to stop microwaving books to kill the coronavirus after noticing returned books with scorched pages. The Cleveland Clinic issued a public warning about the danger of using vodka concoctions as a hand sanitizer when recipes started to circulate.
More Bad News for BPA: Novel Analysis Adds to Evidence of Chemical's Health Effects
Environmental Health News, July 16, 2020
Exposure to minuscule amounts of bisphenol-A can cause a multitude of health problems, including effects on the developing brain, heart, and ovaries.
Is Your Blood Sugar Undermining Your Workouts?
New York Times, July 29, 2020
Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods could dent our long-term health in part by changing how well our bodies respond to exercise.
Science, July 30, 2020
How Cheese, Wheat and Alcohol Shaped Human Evolution
The Hengduan Mountains adjoining Asia's massive Tibetan Plateau are a place of superlatives. And one of the world's richest alpine plant communities, boasting more than 3000 species, cloaks the slopes.
Smithsonian, March 13, 2020
Over time, diet causes dramatic changes to our anatomy, immune systems and maybe skin color.
Science Daily, July 29, 2020
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)are found in many household products and food packages. Because the compounds don't break down naturally, they have become environmental contaminants. Now, researchers have studied the transport of 29 PFAS into and out of the Arctic Ocean.
What Can You Do to Fight the Climate Crisis?
The Guardian, August 05, 2020
Individual acts alone won't stop the climate crisis, but there are things we can do. We asked experts what they do in their daily lives to make a difference
'Worst-Cas' Global Warming Scenario Still Best Guide until 2050
Climate Home News, August 03, 2020
UN panel's RCP8.5 scenario of sharply rising emissions matches trends since 2005, PNAS study says, rejecting criticisms that it's "alarmist."
Major Environmental Groups Join Facebook Ad Boycott to Protest Climate Misinformation
PRI/The World, July 29, 2020
Three major environmental groups are demanding that Facebook take steps to curb the spread of racism, extremism and misinformation about climate change on its platform.
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