Selected Sci-News Items  August 24 - August 30,  2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

 
SftPublic Aug 15 (video)   Light from Darkness? Searching for Dark Matter   
SftPublic Sept 10 at BMC  Herbal Medicines Decoded

 
 
 
GENERAL INTEREST  
 
The Conversation, August 22, 2019 
Genetic modification, space stations, wind power, artificial wombs, video phones, wireless internet, and cyborgs were all foreseen by "futurologists" from the 1920s and 1930s.  Such visions seemed like science fiction when first published.

Phys.Org, August 27, 2019 
The foremost engineering ancient innovation was the crane, developed by the Greeks. Forerunners to the crane were experimented with as early as 700-650 B.C.

Cosmos, August 26, 2019 
Venn expanded upon the overlapping circles used to represent properties of sets and subsets that what would become known as Venn diagrams.

The Guardian, August 23, 2019 
Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What keeps us hooked?

Quanta, August 22, 2019   
The theoretical particle physicist Ann Nelson, who died on August 4 at age 61, was a font of brilliant ideas and a champion of ending discrimination in the field.


COSMOS  
 
Phys.Org, August 22, 2019 
Using multi-wavelength data of Earth, a team of Cal-Tech scientists was able to construct a map of what Earth would look like to distant alien observers.

Aeon, August 22, 2019 
Two centuries before Einstein, Hume recognized that universal time, independent of an observer's viewpoint, doesn't exist.

Physics, August 21, 2019 
Researchers witness quantum interference and entanglement between photons from sources 150 million km apart-the Sun and a quantum dot in their lab.

Science Daily, August 26, 2019 
Researchers say they have discovered 'a new kind of quantum time order'. The discovery arose from an experiment the team designed to bring together element of the two big -- but contradictory -- physics theories developed in the past century.  
 
There Could be Planets Out There Which are Even More Habitable than Earth 
Universe Today, August 26, 2010 
What if Earth is not the meter stick for habitability that we all tend to think it is? 
  
New York Times, August 26, 2019 
The iconic chart of elements has served chemistry well for 150 years. But it's not the only option out there, and scientists are pushing its limits.    

 
INNOVATION  
 
Science Daily, August 27, 2019 
New metal-organic framework enables capture of water from dry air 24/7.

TechXplore, August 27, 2019 
We are approaching the limit for how much more microprocessors can be developed. Gunnar Tufte proposes building computers in a completely new way, inspired by the human brain and nanotechnology.  
  
The Big Business of Scavenging in Post-Industrial America 
New York Times (Magazine), August 21, 2019 
The U.S. produces more garbage than any other nation in the world per capita. Here's how scrappers are turning that waste into a $32 billion business.

Carbon Brief, August 26, 2019 
The researchers say this "surprisingly modest" figure provides a "tantalizing" vision of what could be achieved if the nation phased out a power source (hydro-dams) that, while renewable, takes a significant toll on ecosystems.

BBC News, August 21, 2019 
The advanced microscope technique was once termed "blobology" because its images were so indistinct. But now, it is being used to create videos of the body's inner-workings at a hitherto unseen level of detail.


HEALTH   
 
New York Times, August 27, 2019 
Improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our health care.  
  
Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain 
Scientific American, August 21, 2019 
At-home video sessions and apps could reduce costs and expand treatment in rural areas.

NPR/Shots, August 21, 2019  (w/audio) 
In mice, scientists have used a variety of drugs to treat brain disorders including murine versions of Alzheimer's disease, depression and schizophrenia. But in people, these same treatments usually fail.  
  
Toxic Chemicals Can Enter Food Through Packaging, So Here's a List 
Green Biz, August 23, 2019 
This is the second in a series evaluating the challenges in single-use food packaging waste.   
  
Dying for a New Body: Why So Many Deaths from Plastic Surgery Tourism? 
The Guardian, August 23, 2019 
New Yorkers flock to the Dominican Republic for cheaper plastic surgery procedures, but not all of them return home.

 
NATURE  
 
Nature, August 28, 2019 
Ancient cranium discovered in Ethiopia suggests early hominin evolutionary tree is messier than we thought.
 
New York Times, August 23, 2019 
Of course, a few will dive-bomb you at the beach or boardwalk to steal a French fry, or the cheese on your cracker, or an entire slice of pizza.

Science Daily, August 23, 2019 
Researchers have identified the neural processes that make some memories fade rapidly while other memories persist over time.

National Geographic, August 23, 2019 
The eruption devastated local Maya settlements and caused crop failures around the world.
  
Global Heating: Ancient Plants Set to Reproduce in UK After 60 Million Years
The Guardian, August 22, 2019 
An exotic plant has produced male and female cones outdoors in Britain for what is believed to be the first time in 60 million years. Botanists say the event is a sign of global heating. 
 
 
ENVIRONMENT  
 
Inside Climate Change, August 19, 2019 
As the Trump administration takes steps to expedite fossil fuel projects and reduce environmental regulations  it has veered in the opposite direction on offshore wind, delaying a highly anticipated project in Massachusetts.

The Atlantic, August 27, 2019 
The Amazon fires could fuel the decades-long fight that indigenous people have waged for their land.

The Guardian, August 22, 2019 
There are tens of thousands of pythons in the Florida wild, attacking animals and damaging ecosystems - and the quest to stop them has become a collective crusade.

Science Daily, August 27, 2019 
When there is a combination of population increase, wastewater discharge, agricultural fertilization, and climate change, the cocktail is detrimental to humans and animals. This harmful cocktail produces harmful algal blooms, and many of these are toxic to humans and wildlife.

Washington Post, August 27, 2019 
The move would affect more than half of the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, opening it to potential logging, energy and mining projects.


CLIMATE   
 
The Guardian, August 28, 2019 
Swedish climate activist anchors off Coney Island as she nears end of her journey on zero-carbon yacht.

Inside Climate News, August 23, 2019 
France calls the large number of fires in the Amazon an international crisis and an urgent issue for the G7 summit. "Our home is on fire. Literally."  
  
Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change 
Scientific American, August 19, 2019 
A book entitled Discerning Experts explains why-and what can be done about it.

Science Daily,  August 22, 2019 
'100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps

Washington Post, July 15, 2019 
Scorching conditions are increasingly common at sporting events, creating risks and challenges for athletes.

Nature, August 21, 2019 
Carbon has been stored in the organic layers of boreal-forest soils for hundreds of years. An analysis reveals that this carbon might be released into the atmosphere as global warming increases the frequency of wildfires.
    


 
 
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