Selected Sci-News Items 01/03/20 - 01/10/20
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

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GENERAL INTEREST

Symmetry, January 07, 2020
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a flagship astrophysics project in Chile, will be named for astronomer Vera Rubin, a key figure in the history of the search for dark matter.

Washington Post, January 07, 2020
Annals of Internal Medicine issues a correction about researcher's undisclosed conflict of interest linking chief researcher to the meat industry.

NPR/All Things Considered, January 02, 2020  (w/audio)
Scientists struggle to explain why knots do what they do. There's a whole field of mathematics that studies knots, to explore abstract properties of idealized curves. "But that's not what you care about if you are... a sailor or a climber and you need to tie something which holds."

Quanta, January 2020
To scientists' surprise, blended mixtures of cytoplasm can reorganize themselves into cell-like compartments with working structural components.

Cosmos, January 08, 2020
It's great science, but not yet worth a million dollars.


COSMOS 

The Conversation, January 02, 2020
Life on other planets could be so different from what we're used to that we might not recognise any biological signatures that it produces.
   
Wired, January 05, 2020
A study challenged the evidence for this mysterious force, despite its wide acceptance as part of the cosmos. Then physicists shot back.

Astronomers Discover Huge Gaseous Wave Holding Milky Way's Newest Stars
The Guardian, January 07, 2020
'It's right up in our face' - close proximity of stellar nursery to our solar system stuns scientists

Science News, January 03, 2020
Maps of the rapidly spinning neutron star could shed light on how high-density matter behaves

Science Daily, January 6, 2020
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence of liquid water on the surface.    


INNOVATION
 
A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
MIT Technology Review, January 02, 2020
The world's costliest painting depicts a glass sphere with curious optical properties. Computer scientists figured out what the artist was getting at.

Scientific American, January 07, 2020
As the first clinical trial results trickle in, researchers look ahead to more sophisticated medical applications for genome editing.

Environmental Health News, January 06, 2020
Long a hotbed for the urban farming movement, Detroit is seeing a surge in urban beekeeping

PRI/Living on Earth, December 25, 2020  (w/audio)
Its breeders hope it can combine the most desired apple qualities: great taste, easy growing and harvesting and a long shelf life.

New York Times, January 07, 2020
This invention would bring the future a little closer: an antenna that can absorb the ever-thickening ambient soup of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular signals and efficiently turn it into usable electrical energy.


HEALTH 

The Guardian, January 08, 2020
Lifestyle keeps cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes at bay, research finds

New Yorker, January 06, 2020
Does hurting make us human?

Science Daily, January 6, 2020
A review article highlights the correlation between highly processed foods and increased prevalence of obesity in the United States.

Washington Post, January 05, 2020
In a sense, this is how medical testing is supposed to work. But no test is perfect and every test has trade-offs - including false positives
and incidental findings (results you weren't looking for and are often better off not knowing).

New Hope for Migraine Sufferers
New York Times, January 07, 2020
There are now a number of medications that may prevent or alleviate migraines, as well as a wearable nerve-stimulating device that can be activated by a smartphone.


NATURE

Quanta, January 07, 2020
Giant blobs nestled deep in the Earth may influence everything from the structure of island chains to mass-extinction events.

For These Bears in the Ukraine, it's Too Warm to Hibernate
MNN, December 31, 2019
Unseasonably warm temperatures are likely the cause of this "bearish insomnia." The area only had one week of real winter temperatures in early December.

Research Team Traces Evolution of the Domesticated Tomato
Science Daily, January 7, 2020
Evolutionary biologists and geneticists report that they have identified missing links in the tomato's evolution from a wild
blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.

The Revelator, January 06, 2020
Three bird species, two frogs, a shark, a famous snail and one of the world's largest freshwater fish were among those declared extinct this year.

Cosmos, January 08, 2020
Early Stone Age implements were created fit for purpose.


ENVIRONMENT

Washington Post, January 05, 2020 (w/video)
One of the world's oldest, most resilient species could be decimated - and soon - by climate change.

Utilities Have Big Plans to Cut Emissions, But They're Struggling to Shed Fossil Fuels
I nside Climate Change, January 06, 2020
Even a renewable energy leader like Xcel, one of the first to pledge net zero emissions by mid-century, is finding it hard to end coal without adding natural gas,

Geographers Find Tipping Point in Deforestation
Science Daily, January 07, 2020
Global satellite imagery shows transitions occur quickly after blocks of forest are cut in half

The Atlantic, January 04, 2020
Even as the country fights bush-fires, it can't stop dumping planet-warming pollution into the atmosphere.

Looking Ahead: Hormone-Altering Chemicals Threaten Our Health, Finances and Future
Environmental Health News, January 02, 2020
Advances in science, legal action and public understanding are existential threats to today's chemical industry. Investors should pay attention.


CLIMATE

In Australia's Burning Forests, Signs We've Passed a Global Warming Tipping Point
Inside Climate News, January 08, 2020
'Nobody saw it coming this soon,' one scientist said. 'It's likely the forests won't be coming back as we know them.'

New Yorker, January 05, 2020
2019 has been called the year we woke up to climate change. Australia's wildfires are yet more evidence that it's time we started acting like it.

BBC News, December 30, 2019
The world will face irreversible heating unless firms shift their priorities soon, the outgoing head of the Bank of England has told the BBC.

The Guardian, January 02, 2020
Emails show group of employees who called for stronger climate action by the company were told they risked dismissal.

Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning
New York Times, January 03, 2020
Federal agencies would no longer have to take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major infrastructure projects, according to a Trump administration plan that would weaken the nation's benchmark environmental law.


 
 
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