Selected Sci-News Items  October 26 - November 01,  2019
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

SftPublic Oct 08  (video available)  Self-Organization of Cell Architecture
SftPublic Nov 05  Saving Biodiversity in India


The Conversation, October 28, 2019
The United States alone lost more people in the pandemic than it lost in all the 20th- and 21st-century wars, combined.

Washington Post, October 29, 2019
A decade after Mars and other chocolate makers vowed to stop rampant deforestation, the problem has gotten worse.

Nautilus, October 2019 issue
A climate scientist asks whether nature can save us from ourselves.

Quanta, October 21, 2019
A major advance toward solving the 60-year-old sunflower conjecture is shedding light on how order begins to appear as random systems grow in size.

Aeon, October 24, 2019
To answer whether the fundamental building blocks of reality are particles, fields or both means thinking beyond physics.


Physics World, October 28, 2019
According to a new controversial claim, the mysterious substance known as dark energy thought to be pushing the universe apart at ever greater speeds may be nothing more than an artifact of our acceleration through a local patch of the universe.

Phys.Org, October 23, 2019
The method focuses on spotting a wormhole around Sagittarius A*, an object that's thought to be a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

Universe Today, October 26, 2019
This new collaboration will direct the resources of the former with data and expertise of the latter to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) like never before!

Science Daily, October 23, 2019
New measurements of the rate of expansion of the universe add to a growing mystery: Estimates of a fundamental constant made with different methods keep giving different results.

The Most-Magnetic Objects in the Universe Attract New Controversy
Quanta, October 28, 2019
How do magnetars get so magnetic? A study of stellar explosions shows that the long-accepted theory might be wrong.  


The Conversation, October 28, 2019
Fifty years ago, a UCLA computer science professor and his student sent the first message over the predecessor to the internet, a network called ARPANET.

Carbon Brief, October 25, 2019
The latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the falling costs of offshore wind would make it competitive with fossil energy within the next decade.

Cosmos, October 31, 2019
It's possible say the engineers behind a new lithium battery.

NPR/The Salt, October 23, 2019
There is a swath of the Gulf of Mexico that's virtually devoid of life because algae blooms have choked out marine plants and animals. One of the culprits is the massive amounts of fertilizers used on corn and soy farms throughout the Midwest.

The Nano-Revolution Spawned by Carbon
Nature, October 28, 2019
In 1985, scientists reported the discovery of the cage-like carbon molecule C60. The finding paved the way for materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, and was a landmark in the emergence of nanotechnology.


Science Daily, October 28, 2019
According to the researchers, bad cholesterol can refer to both oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and small, dense LDL particles.

Scientific American, October 23, 2019
Pathologist Alice Hamilton was among the first to focus attention on the dangers of lead, explosives and noxious chemicals in the workplace.

New York Times, October 24, 2019
About 40 percent of the adults and 19 percent of the children and adolescents in the United States have obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Conversation, October 24, 2019
For most of human existence the risks of procreation were severe and terrifying.

NPR/Shots, October 21, 2019
The risk for dementia is elevated about twofold in people who have diabetes or metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors that often precedes diabetes).


New York Times, October 28, 2019
Vampires get all the attention at this time of year, but bloodthirsty leeches, insects and birds are just as compelling - and they're real.

National Geographic, October 28, 2019
The study revives a long-simmering debate about exactly where in Africa modern humans emerged, and it has drawn sharp criticism from several scientists.

Deutsche Welle, October 28, 2019
Sand on beach may look all the same, but it's not. Researchers have found that the material has a "sound," one that can be linked to its home.

Ensia, October 24, 2019
Researchers are discovering plenty of ecological impacts - positive and negative - when humans interfere with wild animals' natural eating routines.

Science News, October 30, 2019
Bacteria key to decomposition can't get at the silk's nitrogen, a nutrient needed for growth.


Washington Post, October 25, 2019
A new poll finds that a clear majority of Americans say oil and natural gas drilling should be curtailed or maintained at current level. But opinions were divided along partisan lines.

Environmental Health News, October 28, 2019
We would be wise to begin making use of technologies already in hand to reduce the estrogen that gets into our source water,

The Guardian, October 24, 2019
Voracious purple urchins in waters of California and Oregon pose threat to kelp forests and risk upending delicate ecosystems.

BBC News, October 25, 2019
On the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, a pesticide linked to cancer - chlordecone - was sprayed on banana crops on the islands for two decades and now nearly all the adult local residents have traces of it in their blood.

National Geographic, October 30, 2019
Plastics travel on ocean currents and through the air to the far north and accumulate --sometimes inside the animals that live there.


Politico, October 22, 2019
Researchers can now link weather events to emissions - and to the companies responsible. A string of lawsuits is about to give "attribution science" a real-life test.

New York Times, October 29, 2019
Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world's great coastal cities.

Science Daily, October 28, 2019
Lack of transparency impedes collaboration, excludes developing world

Yale Environment 360, October 24, 2019
A recent Northern voyage on a Norwegian research vessel highlighted how soaring carbon dioxide levels and the resulting acidification of the oceans present an especially grave threat to the Arctic's cold seas and the rich marine life that they harbor.

What's Driving the Historic California High-Wind Events, and Worsening the Wildfires?
Washington Post, October 28, 2019
This is the third year in a row that these winds have fanned devastating blazes in the Golden State, raising fears that these fiery sieges are part of a new normal.

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