Selected Sci-News Items May 09 - May 15, 2020

General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate
 
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 CORONAVIRUS   
 
The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them
Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D., U-Mass Dartmouth,  (update) May 13, 2020
This is a blog that went viral. Very good info. Author-info at end of article

Some of Us Have More Time to Sleep. So Why Are We So Tired?
Washington Post, May 13, 2020
This pandemic is exhausting, mentally and physically. Our worlds have shifted, and it takes emotional energy to cope with that.

A Guide to Pandemic Scams, and What Not to Fall For
New York Times, May 13, 2020
Fraudsters see opportunities to target us in these uncertain times. Here are their most popular schemes and how we can protect ourselves.
 
The US Has No Idea How to Manage All the Testing Data It's Collecting
MIT Technology Review, May 07, 2020
In the US, each state decides how it reports findings from covid-19 tests. The result is a chaotic system that's hurting our response to the pandemic.
 
Doctors Express Glimmers of Hope As They Try Out New Approaches Against Coronavirus
Washington Post, May 13, 2020
There are no proven treatments, but knowledge about the pathogen - and how to help those infected - have increased over the past two months.


GENERAL INTEREST  
 
A Word about Those UFO Videos
Scientific American, May 06, 2020
[This astrophysicist suggests that] the only thread connecting these videos to anything involving aliens is science fiction.

EurekAlert! May 12, 2020
Hunter-gatherers built colossal Göbekli Tepe 11,500 years ago in today's Turkey as a single structure of ritual significance. 
 
Arrows of Time
Quanta, May 04, 2020
The human mind has long grappled with the elusive nature of time: what it is, how to record it, how it regulates life, and whether it exists as a fundamental building block of the universe. (A timeline of how humans conceptualized time.) 
 
Ancient Andes, Analyzed
Cosmos, May 08, 2020
An international team has conducted...the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of ancient civilizations in the central Andes mountains and coast before European contact.

The Strategy Against COVID-19 Spreading Depends on Mathematical Modeling -But How?
Phys.Org, May 08, 2020
There are many ways of calculating and forecasting the development of the epidemic, and the researchers in bio-complexity and complex systems explain one of them here, as well as some of the most prevalent concepts presented in the media.


COSMOS   
 
Experts Doubt the Sun Is Actually Burning Coal
Scientific American, Originally published in August 1863
We've come some distance in science!   

Planet Hunters Discover New 'One in a Million' Super-Earth
Phys.Org, May 13, 2020
The planet, located towards the centre of the galaxy, is one of only a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of Earth.  
 
The Great Attractor Explained
Medium, May 06, 2020
Something has been tugging at the Milky Way and scientists aren't quite sure what it is.
   
Milky Way Magnetar Makes Fast Radio Burst   
Sky & Telescope, May 08, 2020
The flash of radio waves looks just like the fast radio bursts (FRBs) discovered in increasing numbers over the past few years - but always in other galaxies.

Closest Black Hole Found, Just 1,000 Light-Years from Earth
Universe Today, May 10, 2020
This black hole in a triple system located just 1000 light-years from Earth in the Telescopium constellation. This system can be seen with the naked eye and could one of many "quiet" black holes that are out there.    


INNOVATION  
 
Research in Venom-Imitating Medications Sees Revival in Pharmaceutical Industry
Washington Post, May 09, 2020
Could snake or insect venom yield the next big treatment for diabetes or cancer?
 
Who Invented the Wheel? And How Did They Do It?
Wired, May 06, 2020
The wagon-and the wagon wheel-could not have been put together in stages. Either it works, or it doesn't. And it enabled humans to spread rapidly into huge parts of the world.

Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing With AI Models
MIT Technology Review, May 11, 2020
When covid-19 hit, we started buying things we'd never bought before. The shift was sudden: the mainstays of Amazon's top ten...were knocked off the charts in just a few days. 
 
How the Wings of Owls and Hummingbirds Inspire Drones, Wind Turbines and Other Technology
The Conversation, May 12, 2020
Is evolution the best inventor? With hundreds of millions of years of work and the natural world as its canvas, it would seem so.

A Secret Experiment Revealed: In a Medical First, Doctors Treat Parkinson's with a Novel Brain Cell Transplant
STAT, May 12, 2020
Created in the lab from a patch of the patient's own skin, these cells, it was hoped, would settle into the brain like they belonged there and permanently restore the patient's ability to walk and move normally.

HEALTH  
 
There Are Lots of Yogurts Out There, but Which Ones Are Healthy?
Washington Post, May 07, 2020
Nutrition researchers use a food classification system called Nova to segment foods based on how processed they are, and yogurts can be found in both the least processed and the most ultra-processed categories, depending on how they're made.

How the Lyme Disease Epidemic Is Spreading and Why Ticks Are So Hard to Stop
The Conversation, May 13, 2020
For people infected, the symptoms can be debilitating, including fever, fatigue and muscle and joint pain that can last for months or years after treatment, and in some cases cause neurological disorders and heart infections.

We Don't Need Nearly As Much Protein As We Consume
BBC Future, May 08, 2020
Many of us consciously eat a high-protein diet, with protein-rich products readily available, but how much protein do we really need?

5 Exercises to Offset Too Much Sitting
CNN Health, May 1, 2020
It's another day of self-isolating, which means it's potentially another day of sitting indoors restlessly taking yet another Zoom meeting.

Meet the 'Psychobiome': the Gut Bacteria That May Alter How You Think, Feel, and Act.
Science, May 07, 2020
The eight-person company plans to capitalize on growing evidence from epidemiological and animal studies that link gut bacteria to conditions as diverse as autism, anxiety, and Alzheimer's disease.


NATURE   
 
The Secret Lives of Fungi
New Yorker, May 11, 2020
They shape the world-and offer lessons for how to live in it.

Aircraft Spies Gravity Waves Being Sucked into Antarctica's Polar Vortex
Science, May 12, 2020
(not to be confused with gravitational waves -in space) Powerful waves in the air break and crash, dumping energy into the stratosphere and disrupting winds that help control the climate.
 
 
7 Tips for Watching Birds During the Spring Lockdown
New York Times, May 08, 2020
Here are some principles you can apply to any form of nature study.

Why Not All Twins Are Identical
Cosmos, May 13, 2020
Known as fraternal twins, they represent a longstanding evolutionary puzzle.

The Earliest Known Humans in Europe May Have Been Found in a Bulgarian Cave
Science News, May 11, 2020
Newfound Homo sapiens remains date to between about 46,000 and 44,000 years ago.  
 

ENVIRONMENT   
 
Meet America's 10 Largest Emitters
E&E News, May 11, 2020
Many of the country's largest coal plants continued to run more than half the year. Those are the plants that tend to be found on this list: the top 10 largest carbon emitters in America.

US Fossil Fuel Giants Set for a Coronavirus Bailout Bonanza
The Guardian, May 12, 2020
Exclusive: oil, coal and fracking companies in line to benefit from $750bn bond scheme.
 
That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic
Wired, May 12, 2020
Researchers have discovered that the ocean is burping tiny plastic particles, which then blow onto land-and potentially into your lungs.
 
Deforestation of Amazon Rainforest Accelerates Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
ABC News, May 06, 2020
Indigenous communities report spike in invasions during global health crisis.

When Social Distancing Ends, Will We Rethink the World We Want?
Yale Environment 360, May 14, 2020 (Bill McKibben)
Will we stick to patterns that have helped drive temperatures ever higher, or will we develop some new ones?


CLIMATE   
 
When Will Renewables Pass Coal? Sooner Than Anyone Thought
Inside Climate News, May 13, 2020
Wind and solar are steadily growing, while coal-fired power use is plummeting because of the coronavirus, accelerating a long-term decline.

Climate Change: Study Pours Cold Water on Oil Company Net Zero Claims
BBC News, May 12, 2020
None of the companies are yet aligned with the 1.5C temperature goal.
 
Deadly Temperatures Expected to Arrive Later This Century Are Already Here
Science News, May 08, 2020
Global weather station data show dangerously hot and humid days are becoming much more common

How Climate Change Is Contributing to Skyrocketing Rates of Infectious Disease
ProPublica, May 07, 2020
Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be "dangerous delusion,

Sea Level Could Rise by More Than 1 Meter By 2100 If Targets Are Not Met
Eco, May 12, 2020
scientists found that the global mean sea-level rise could exceed 1 meter by 2100 and 5 meters by 2300.


 

 
 
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