Selected Sci-News Items  June 15- June 21, 2019
 
General Interest    Cosmos    Innovation    Health    Nature    Environment    Climate

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GENERAL INTEREST

CNN,June 20, 2019
The longest day of the year tends to kick off the start of the summer season and with it, the harvest. So it should come as no surprise that the solstice is linked to fertility -- both of the
vegetal and human variety -- in destinations around the world.

The Guardian, June 17, 2019
Words are ever evolving - but not without controversy. From creative applications of an apostrophe to the overuse of literally, what makes you rage?

Quanta, June 13, 2019
Amie Wilkinson searches for exotic examples of the mathematical structures that describe change.

New Companies Want to Deliver Ugly Produce to Your Door to Help Eliminate Food Waste
PRI/Living on Earth, June 14, 2019
If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US.

Artificial Islands Older Than Stonehenge Stump Scientists
National Geographic, June 12, 2019
A study of crannogs in Scotland's Outer Hebrides reveals some were built more than 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. But what purpose did they serve?


COSMOS
 
Life in Space: 50 Astronauts, in Their Own Words
Washington Post, June 19, 2019
The views are great. The bathroom breaks, not so much.

Cosmos, June 17, 2019
Astronomers looking for the blue ones make an important discovery.

So Long, Exoplanet HD 17156b. Hello ... Sauron?
New York Times, June 14, 2019
The naming of celestial objects is usually an exclusive affair. But for its 100th anniversary, the International Astronomical Union is letting the world vote.

Quantum Physics Experiment Shows Heisenberg Was Right about Uncertainty, in a Certain Sense
The Conversation, June 14, 2019
Intrinsic uncertainty was central to the way German physicist Werner Heisenberg, one of the originators of modern quantum mechanics, presented the theory.

Largest Data Set in SETI History Released to the Public  
Phys.org, June 20, 2019
The Breakthrough Listen science team at the University of California, Berkeley's SETI Research Center (BSRC) has developed a number of techniques to search the data for "techno-signatures --evidence of technology (such as transmitters or propulsion devices) built by civilizations beyond Earth.

INNOVATION

Yale Environment 360, June 13, 2019
Solar, wind, hydro-power, biomass, and geothermal totaled 21.56 percent of U.S. generating capacity as of April, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The Guardian, June 15, 2019
Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors.

MIT Technology Review, June 20, 2019
Machine learning has the potential to make some real inroads against our biggest threat.

The Conversation, June 11, 2019
Dairy proteins may be the next product produced in a lab, for use in fluid "milk" production and processed dairy products like yogurt and cheese, to name a few.

Phys.org, June 14, 2019
Researchers consider using the human body itself to transfer and collect information. This area of research is known as human body communication (HBC).


HEALTH

Cosmos, June 17, 2019
The power of the blog has made this once humble vegetable famous. However, it's myth rather than reality

The Intercept, June 18, 2019
While PFOA has already been tied to kidney and testicular cancer, among other diseases, recent research linking PFOA exposure to pancreatic cancer is the basis for the lower number.
The research was done by the National Toxicology Program, which is a division of the NIEHS.

Washington Post, June 15, 2019
It's easy to laugh when you are well, but studies suggest that laughter also can improve health and possibly stave off disease, thereby extending life.

NBC News, June 14, 2019
A Kansas mother has posted videos about giving chlorine dioxide, which amounts to industrial bleach, to her sons. Authorities declined to intervene.

New York Times, June 17, 2019
Alternatives to prescription drugs for insomnia offer better, safer and more long-lasting solutions, experts say. 

NATURE

NPR/The Salt, June 13, 2019
A single genetic mutation "turned off" the ability to make the toxic compound thousands of years ago - a key step before humans could domesticate almonds.

Nature, June 18, 2019
Scientists are listening in on the ways viruses communicate and cooperate. Decoding what the microbes are saying could be a boon to human health.

Science News, June 17, 2019
Scientists debate how to interpret quakes near Bolshaya Udina on the remote Kamchatka Peninsula

Washington Post, June 19, 2019  (w/video)
A polar bear described as sick and starving wandered into an industrial city in northern Siberia, roaming the streets and a local garbage dump scavenging for something to eat.

Mongabay, June 13, 2019
Solutions to these problems exist, but political commitment, major institutional funding and a large-scale vision are lacking. 

ENVIRONMENT

BBC Future, June 17, 2019
The permafrost - up until now, permanently frozen land and soil - is thawing out, and revealing its hidden secrets. Alongside Pleistocene fossils are massive carbon and methane emissions, toxic mercury, and ancient diseases.

Anthropocene, June 13, 2019
Trees can trap the small particles in air that are health hazards. But the leaves of some tree species make them better air filters than others

Nature, June 19, 2019
Leading scientists issue a warning: microorganisms will shape our warming world.

A 'Dead Zone' the Size of Massachusetts Could Hit the Gulf This Summer
PBS News Hour, June 11, 2019
If this prediction holds true, this event would be the second largest on the list of Gulf dead zones in more than three decades, though measurements only date back to 1985.

The Guardian, June 20. 2019
On a shopping trip to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and other leading markets, plastic feels more plentiful than the food itself.

CLIMATE  
 
The Right to a Stable Climate Is the Constitutional Question of the Twenty-first Century
New Yorker, June 15, 2019
The climate kids lawsuit is an attempt to compel action from a government that is ignoring (and furthering) a life-threatening danger that they face.

New York Times, June 19, 2019
If there's not enough money to protect every coastal community from the effects of human-caused global warming, how should we decide which ones to save first?

Science News, June 19, 2019
Declassified photos and NASA data provide a picture of accelerating ice loss.

Deutsche Welle, May 24, 2019
Despite the urgency of a 'climate emergency' we're nowhere near fulfilling the Paris agreement. Why are we so reluctant to act? Climate psychologist Per Espen Stoknes says we need to move away from pointing blame.

Inside Climate News, June 13, 2019
15 presidential candidates, young activists and Miami's Democratic Party are all now pressuring the DNC to devote an entire debate to climate change policy. 


 
 
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