Wed.Oct 13, 2021

Roundup: Welcome Steps on Masks and Concerns about Booster Advice

Union of Concerned Scientists

Liz Borkowski provides a look back at the Biden administration's performance on scientific integrity for the third quarter of 2021. Science and Democracy Scientific Integrity SI quarterly roundup vaccination policy vaccines

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Proton arc therapy: do we need it; can we deliver it?

Physics World

Radiotherapy plays an essential role in the management of cancer, with roughly half of all cancer patients receiving radiation as part of their treatment. The majority of such treatments are delivered using external beams of X-rays, targeted at the tumour to damage or kill cancerous cells.

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Coal Ash Cleanup: Victory for the Environment, the Economy, and Environmental Justice

Union of Concerned Scientists

A new report demonstrates that utilities can do a much better job cleaning up coal ash sites to protect public health, the environment, and local economies. Climate Change Energy

Fiscal Policy for an Uncertain World

IMFBlog

By Vitor Gaspar , Sandra Lizarazo , Paulo Medas , and Roberto Piazza. ?? , Español , Français , ??? , Português , ???????. As public debt rises to record levels, countries need to calibrate fiscal policies to their own unique circumstances.

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Magnetoelastic material sustainably powers health monitors using body movement

Physics World

The future of bioelectronics – including wearables, implantable devices and smart technologies – hinges on the ability to sustainably power devices.

Genomes Show the History and Travels of Indigenous Peoples

Scientific American

A new study demonstrates “I ka wā mamua, ka wā ma hope,” or “the future is in the past” -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Social Sciences Anthropology

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A Canary in an Ice-Rich, Slumping Rock Glacier in Alaska

Scientific American

Here’s what we can learn about climate change and infrastructure from Denali National Park’s only road. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change

World Energy Outlook says Net Zero Goals Face Big Investment Gap, Opportunities

Environmental Leader

The IEA's World Energy Outlook shows the work needed to be done and the the investment needed to reach net zero. The post World Energy Outlook says Net Zero Goals Face Big Investment Gap, Opportunities appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Many undocumented health problems discovered among those exposed to bushfire smoke

Frontier Sin

By Tania Fitzgeorge-Balfour, science writer. Image: Greg Stonham/Shutterstock.

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Blue Origin Launches William Shatner and Crew to the Final Frontier

Scientific American

The 90-year-old “Star Trek” actor is now the oldest person to fly in space. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Space Exploration

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Research culture

Environmental News Bits

Hypercompetition. Overwork. Career instability. Lack of diversity. Discrimination. Misconduct. These are just some of the characteristic problems of current academic research culture.

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EY: Rapid Growth in Renewables Ahead but Challenges Remain

Environmental Leader

Renewable energy is thriving as market conditions, policy decisions, investment and technology improvements push clean energy to new heights. The post EY: Rapid Growth in Renewables Ahead but Challenges Remain appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other

Environmental News Bits

by Mojtaba Sadegh (Boise State University), Ali Mirchi (Oklahoma State University), Amir AghaKouchak (University of California, Irvine), and Kaveh Madani (Yale University) The 2021 water year ends on Sept. 30, and it was another hot, dry year in the western U.S.,

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Busy Bee Builds an Intricate Fortress

PBS Nature

The post Busy Bee Builds an Intricate Fortress appeared first on Nature. Uncategorized 40th season bee bees my garden of a thousand bees Season 40 season premiere

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Planetary Defense Is Good--but Is Planetary Offense Better?

Scientific American

A new approach could mitigate the most damaging effects of an imminent asteroid or comet strike—or ensure many threatening objects never get close to striking Earth in the first place. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Planetary Science

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Ag & Food Law Daily Update: October 13, 2021

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food.

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What Is 5G? Here Is a Short Video Primer

Scientific American

You see it mentioned in countless phone commercials, and your phone might use it. But do you know how it works? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Technology Engineering

Women Voices on Climate Change

Academy of Natural Sciences

Inspired by the book All We Can Save , a celebration of the feminist climate renaissance , we asked 15 local women who are thinking about and working on climate change to respond to the question: “If we are at a crossroads of peril and promise, where do you see possibility alive and growing?”

Climate Studies Have Focused on Rich Countries

Scientific American

Relatively little research into the consequences of climate change has been done for large parts of Earth’s population. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change

T. rex with feathers: China’s fossils are rewriting the dinosaur story

New Scientist

Twenty-five years ago, Chinese scientists revealed the first feathered dinosaur. Since then, they have unearthed a treasure trove of exquisitely preserved specimens that put dinosaurs in a whole new light

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‘Risks linked with parental mental illness and substance use are undeniable, but efforts to scale-out and sustain evidence-based practices are challenging’

Frontier Sin

By Prof Joanne Nicholson , the Institute for Behavioral Health at The Heller School, Brandeis University, Massachusetts. Prof Joanne Nicholson. Image: Brandeis University.

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World Energy Outlook says Net Zero Goals Face Big Investment Gap, Opportunities

Environmental Leader

The IEA's World Energy Outlook shows the work needed to be done and the the investment needed to reach net zero. The post World Energy Outlook says Net Zero Goals Face Big Investment Gap, Opportunities appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

China Touts Massive Renewable Energy Buildout, New Funding for Biodiversity

Yale E360

China has broken ground on a massive 100-gigawatt renewable energy project, larger than all solar and wind installations in India combined, President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday, by video link, at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China. Read more on E360

Artificial insect-inspired ‘brain’ can guide robotic dog through maze

New Scientist

UK start-up Opteran Technologies has demonstrated a system that can guide a robot through a maze using far less energy and weight than conventional approaches

Assessing COVID Risk and More with Air Quality Monitors

Scientific American

The consumer devices track pollutants as well as CO2—a proxy for potentially virus-laden human breath. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Pollution Health Public Health Technology Electronics

Jupiter-like planet survived the death of its star without harm

New Scientist

Astronomers have spotted a Jupiter-like planet in its original orbit around a white dwarf for the first time

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Loop reusable packaging system expands beyond e-commerce to new stores, including Kroger

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste Dive. Loop, a reusable packaging program from TerraCycle, has announced it will soon offer some of its products in select U.S. and Canadian retail stores. The program offers products from well-known brands in specialized returnable containers. Loop will roll out the program “in the coming weeks” at some Fred Meyer stores… Read more → Circular economy Fashion & beauty products Packaging Retail

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FAST, the World's Largest Radio Telescope, Zooms in on a Furious Cosmic Source

Scientific American

China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope has detected more than 1,600 fast radio bursts from a single enigmatic system. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Astrophysics

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A low-carbon economy is cheaper than the costs of climate change, a report says

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the New York Times. After a summer of extreme heat, wildfires and floods in Europe, the costs of climate change — human and financial — have become increasingly stark. And a new report by the European Central Bank has reaffirmed the severe consequences of delays or inaction on climate change. Banks and companies in the… Read more → Climate change Europe Publications

Assessing COVID Risk and More with Air Quality Monitors

Scientific American

The consumer devices track pollutants as well as CO2—a proxy for potentially virus-laden human breath. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Pollution Health Public Health Technology Electronics

Embedding ESG into high-growth business strategy

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at GreenBiz. While younger companies may have a smaller environmental impact than more established ones, they must not ignore issues such as climate change and energy use. Read more → Corporate sustainability Start-ups

Can Einstein’s forgotten theory of space solve the cosmology crisis?

New Scientist

Decades ago, Einstein concocted a theory in which space doesn't just curve, but swirls like a cyclone. Now it is making a comeback because it could fix several of the biggest problems in cosmology

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Civil rights groups in North Carolina say ‘biogas’ from hog waste will harm communities of color

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. In a complaint filed with the EPA, the activists alleged that creating natural gas from methane in hog waste will increase ammonia pollution in the air and water. Read more → Agriculture Environmental health Environmental justice Waste to energy

Ancient faeces show Iron Age miners ate blue cheese and drank beer

New Scientist

Faeces samples from an Iron Age salt mine have been genetically sequenced, revealing traces of fungi found in blue cheese and beer

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