Selected Sci-News Items May 16 - May 22, 2020

General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate
 
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CORONAVIRUS 

STAT, May 19. 2020
While Moderna blitzed the media, it revealed very little information - and most of what it did disclose were words, not data.

New York Times, May 21, 2020
A stir-crazy nation wonders: Is it safe to stroll on the beach in a deadly pandemic? How about a picnic in the park? Or coffee with a friend at an outdoor table? The risk is in the details.

"We Don't Know What Else Is Out There"  Five Ways New Diseases Emerge - and What We Can Do About Them
Ensia, May 12, 2020
From forests and farms to our own back yards, there's a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks

The Atlantic, May 21, 2020
The government's disease-fighting agency is conflating viral and antibody tests, compromising a few crucial metrics that governors depend on to reopen their economies. Pennsylvania, Georgia,Texas, and other states are doing the same.

Science Daily, May 13, 2020
Public health misinformation reaching far more people than in previous pandemics.


GENERAL INTEREST

The Hill, May 20, 2020
Last month, the Chinese government imposed a national ban on breeding, trading and consuming wild animals.
Note: This policy needs to be deployed worldwide, not just in one city or country.

Science, May 20, 2020
The work suggests the Siberian ancestors of North America's Indigenous peoples were more widespread and mobile than previously believed.

The Mystique of Mathematics: 5 Beautiful Math Phenomena
Phys.Org, May 20, 3030
Mathematics is visible everywhere in nature, even where we are not expecting it. It can help explain the way galaxies spiral, a seashell curves, patterns replicate, and rivers bend.

National Geographic, May 19, 2020
Seismic data show that earthquakes more than 600 miles away can trigger submarine mudslides that threaten offshore oil rigs and could lead to catastrophic spills.

When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig
New York Times, May 19, 2020
Recent research highlights the power of the canine nose to uncover buried remains from ancient human history.

 
COSMOS
 
Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem
Quanta, May 19, 2020
It took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway.

Swarm Probes Weakening of Earth's Magnetic Field
Phys.Org, May 20, 2020
In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth's magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behaviour has geophysicists puzzled and is causing technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth.

The Invisible Higgs Bosons
Symmetry, May 15, 2020
Experimentalists and theorists search for Higgs bosons escaping as dark matter.
   
Science Daily, May 18, 2020
Despite knowing when life first appeared on Earth, scientists still do not understand how life occurred, which has important implications for the likelihood of finding life elsewhere in the universe.

Astrobiology, May 21, 2020  
Before there were animals, bacteria or even DNA on Earth, self-replicating molecules were slowly evolving their way from simple matter to life beneath a constant shower of energetic particles from space.

INNOVATION
 
"I'm Not a Quitter:" Lobstermen Turn to Kelp Farming in the Face of Climate Crisis
The Guardian, May 19, 2020
Climate breakdown is causing the Gulf of Maine to heat up and that effect - in addition to the pandemic - is being felt across the lobster industry.

Anthropocene, May 20, 2020
Over the course of 120 generations, researchers bred algae to be more heat-tolerant-a quality it then passed to its coral hosts.

MNN, May 14, 2020
Consider, for example, your favorite pair of jeans.

Nature, May 19, 2020
A long-anticipated recalibration of radiocarbon dating could shift the age of some prehistoric samples hundreds of years.

Renewable Energy Should Be At the Heart of Virus Recovery Plans: IEA
TechXplore, May 20, 2029
The International Energy Agency on Wednesday called on governments to put clean energy at the heart of their coronavirus economic recovery plans, as it forecast the first slowdown in new renewable power installations worldwide in two decades.


HEALTH

New York Times, May 12, 2020
Americans who ate at least one-and-a-half teaspoons of olive oil a day were at lower risk of heart disease than those who ate none.

Tick Season: How Not To Get Bitten
WGBH, May 15, 2020
Lyme disease is just one of the illnesses spread to humans through the bite of the black-legged tick, sometimes referred to as a deer tick: others include anaplasmosis and babesiosis. And contrary to what you might think, you don't have to go deep in the woods to be at risk.

The Guardian, May 17, 2020
Demand has rocketed as people consider how to get into work after lockdown. They enable riders to avoid car use and the close contact of public transport - but just how safe, affordable and healthy are they?

Horizon, May 01, 2020
If an mRNA vaccine was approved for coronavirus, it would be the first of its type. 'It's a very unique way of making a vaccine and, so far, no (such) vaccine has been licensed for infectious disease.

New York Times, May 19, 2020
Time to add some these to your routine.


NATURE 

Science Daily, May 19, 2020
In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have demonstrated that penguins in Antarctica emit copious amounts of nitrous oxide via their feces. So much so, that the researchers went ''cuckoo'' from being surrounded by penguin poop.

Discover, May 16, 2020
Europium and indium are crucial for televisions and touch screens. Rhenium is necessary in fighter jet engines. And to avoid some of the effects of climate change, we need lithium and cobalt for electric vehicle batteries, tellurium for solar panels and dysprosium for wind turbines.

What Makes the Wind?
The Conversation, May 14, 2020
Written for kids, but suitable for adults!

Scientific American, May 15, 2020
The viruses they carry spill over into humans mostly when we encroach on their territory or drag them into ours-and bats do great good as well.

How Venus Flytraps Evolved Their Taste for Meat
Science, May 14, 2020
How does a plant develop a taste for flesh? In the play "Little Shop of Horrors," all it takes is a drop of human blood. But in real life, it takes much more.


ENVIRONMENT 

The Guardian, May 20, 2020 (w/video)
Researchers map 'beginning of new ecosystem' as algae bloom across surface of melting snow.

Inside Climate News, May 19, 2020
Among those opposing the proposed rule were nearly 40 top scientific organizations and academic institutions which jointly submitted a letter to the agency.

BBC News, May 14, 2020
Substances used for air conditioning in almost all new cars are building up in the environment and may pose a threat to human health, researchers say.

Nature, May 12, 2020
The pandemic is devastating economies. As countries look to revive growth, recovery must go with - not against - the grain of nature.

Mount St. Helen's 40 Years Later: What We've Learned, and Still Don't Know
Science, May 18, 2020
Since the 1980 eruption, this ecologist at the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station-has spent much of each summer taking the mountain's pulse as life returns.


CLIMATE

Reuters, May 19, 2020
France and Germany want a "green" European Union recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, including recovery roadmaps for all
economic sectors and a minimum price for carbon permits

Cosmos, May 18, 2020
Climate change isn't just warming the oceans; it is causing oxygen to decrease, which could force fish and other ocean animals to move away from their normal range to find higher-oxygen waters.

Climate Change: Top 10 Tips to Reduce Carbon Footprint Revealed
BBC News, May 20, 2020
Climate change can still be tackled -- but only if people are willing to embrace major shifts in the way we live.

Dust Bowl Conditions of 1930s US Now More than Twice as Likely to Reoccur
The Guardian, May 18, 2020
Climate breakdown means conditions that wrought devastation across Great Plains could return to region

Carbon Brief, May 18, 2020
Tropical cyclones across the world have become more intense over the past four decades, a new study concludes.


 
 
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