Tue.Nov 23, 2021

What Does Corporate Consolidation Mean for Your Thanksgiving Turkey?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Skyrocketing turkey prices are driven in part by consolidation in the industries that slaughter and process meat and poultry products. Food and Agriculture corporate consolidation department of justice Thanksgiving Tyson Tyson Foods USDA

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LET’S TAKE HEALTHCARE SERIOUSLY

Cleannovate

According to Narok Senator, Ledama ole Kina, it takes over 600 days for medical orders to reach Kwale County after requisition from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA). It might seem a ‘normal’ thing to us who are used to slothful services from some government agencies. But it surely shows how much we devalue human life. How so? You ask… Well how much damage would 600 days do to a person gripped with a disabling illness?

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Exoplanet orbits tilted 90° by unseen object

Physics World

Exoplanets have been spotted orbiting at right angles to each other by an international team of astronomers led by Vincent Bourrier at the University of Geneva.

2019 93

Smile! 3 Fish with Weird Teeth

Ocean Conservancy

We don’t talk a lot about animal teeth. If we do, it’s around big predators like wolves, lions and sharks (and even then, it’s in context of how miserable it would be to come face-to-face with those chompers!)

So you think the history of science is easy?

Physics World

A neurosurgeon, who is about to retire, approaches a historian of science and says: “I’m thinking of taking up history of surgery; can you give me any tips?”. Yes I can!” replies the historian. “As

2010 89

Ag and Food Law Daily Update: November 23, 2021

National Law Center

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

Law 85

Wearable sensors could detect respiratory infections before symptom onset

Physics World

In the not too distant future, wearable biometric sensors may be able to detect the early stages of acute viral respiratory infections in people before they develop any symptoms. Such non-invasive devices could be used for infection screening to help limit community spread of airborne viruses.

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How a Federal Drought Relief Program Left Southern Oregon Parched—and Contributed to the Ongoing Groundwater Crisis in the West

Circle of Blue

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water.

2001 83

EPA Proposes to Use Science to Identify Waters of the United States. I’m Shocked, Shocked.

Law and Environment

Last week, EPA and the Army Corps proposed a new rule to define what constitutes “waters of the United States.” Déjà vu all over again.

Law 83

10 Air Quality Influencers You Should Know

Breezometer

Air pollution impacts every aspect of our lives, especially health. Companies across all industries now seek to integrate environmental intelligence into their offerings and provide actionable insights to improve daily health choices.

Marine Oxygen Levels are the Next Great Casualty of Climate Change

Scientific American

The increasing frequency of dead zones will affect billions of people who rely on the ocean for survival. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change

Ocean 114

These personality traits may make you more prone to problematic binge-watching

Frontier Sin

By Peter Rejcek, science writer. Image credit: Diego Cervo / Shutterstock.com. Binge-watching is a modern phenomenon where TV viewers sit through two or more episodes of a series at one time.

Life Is Complicated--Literally, Astrobiologists Say

Scientific American

A new theory suggests that searches for molecular complexity could uncover convincing evidence of extraterrestrial life, and soon. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Extraterrestrial Life

2021 113

Electroconvulsive therapy is safe for treatment of mental conditions, shows large-scale study

Frontier Sin

By K.E.D. Coan, science writer. Electroconvulsive therapy may be one of the most effective treatments for depression and severe mental conditions. But ongoing stigma associated with this therapeutic approach prevents it from being used more frequently.

2018 76

Trees cool the land surface temperature of cities by up to 12°C

New Scientist

An analysis of satellite data from 293 cities in Europe has found that trees have a big cooling effect while other green spaces don't

COP26 Emissions Promises Improve Global Climate Targets but Continued Action is Needed

Environmental Leader

The International Energy Agency says new emissions pledges are as good as they've been, but it still isn't enough to reach overall global climate goals. The post COP26 Emissions Promises Improve Global Climate Targets but Continued Action is Needed appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

2021 75

Covid-19 news: Unvaccinated have 14 times greater risk of covid death

New Scientist

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

2021 107

Increasing Renewable Energy Can Lead to Economic Growth and Lower Emissions

Environmental Leader

New research shows using tools to combat carbon emissions can help improve economic growth at the same time. The post Increasing Renewable Energy Can Lead to Economic Growth and Lower Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Hybrid salmon found in Canada may be a result of climate change

New Scientist

Salmon found near the mouth of the Cowichan river on Vancouver Island are a hybrid species of coho and Chinook, which may have arisen as the timing and location of their spawning grounds overlapped

What’s in the Reconciliation Bill?

Legal Planet

Last Friday, the House passed its version of the Build Back Better Act. Due to a quirk in parliamentary procedure, the Senate will be able to consider the $1.7 trillion bill under the “reconciliation” process, which means no filibuster is allowed.

New Australopithecus sediba bones suggest extinct hominin was bipedal

New Scientist

The discovery of new Australopithecus sediba fossils mean we can now reconstruct most of the spine of one individual, and strengthen the case that the species was bipedal at least some of the time

2021 105

Urban mining gets quicker and cleaner

Physics World

Electronic waste could be transformed from an environmental headache into a literal goldmine thanks to a technique known as flash Joule heating.

Waste 71

3D-printed 'living ink' is full of microbes and can release drugs

New Scientist

A living ink made entirely from bacterial cells can be 3D-printed to make structures that release anti-cancer drugs or mop up toxins from the environment

2021 103

Climate Pledges Still Not Enough to Keep Warming Below 2-Degree Limit

Scientific American

Current national targets to cut emissions could result in nearly 3 degrees C of warming. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Taking Possession of Collateral

National Law Center

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest. The post Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Taking Possession of Collateral appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

Law 69

Mountain lions in LA moved more efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Applied Ecologist

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns in many regions around the world offered a new “human-less” environment for urban wildlife in 2020. In their latest research, Benson et al. share their findings from tracking mountain lion movements in greater Los Angeles, USA during spring 2020.

2020 69

COP26 Emissions Promises Improve Global Climate Targets but Continued Action is Needed

Environmental Leader

The International Energy Agency says new emissions pledges are as good as they've been, but it still isn't enough to reach overall global climate goals. The post COP26 Emissions Promises Improve Global Climate Targets but Continued Action is Needed appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

2021 68

Why green energy firm Bulb's collapse is not a big blow for renewables

New Scientist

Bulb’s collapse may not directly affect the amount of investment flowing into new UK renewable projects, but is nonetheless a bad look for such a high profile green energy firm to fail

2021 94

Holiday Gift Guide

Academy of Natural Sciences

The holiday season has arrived, and this year you might be looking for unique gifts that are guaranteed to be as “in stock” as they are awesome.

Why Frozen Turkeys Explode When Deep-Fried

Scientific American

When water and boiling oil mix, the result can be volatile. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Chemistry Basic Chemistry

2021 93

NASA’s DART mission will try to deflect an asteroid by flying into it

New Scientist

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is scheduled to launch on 24 November and will smash into the asteroid Dimorphos

2021 92

“Brink of collapse”: Global fisheries inching closer to decimated state, warns Minderoo Foundation report

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Ingredients First. Fish populations are in a far worse state than previously estimated, according to Minderoo Foundation’s Global Fishing Index (GFI), the most extensive independent assessment of global fish stocks to date. The report finds that a tenth of fish stocks globally are now on the brink of collapse,… Read more → Food and beverage manufacturing Publications Wildlife

2021 63

Tropical trees grow less in warmer years so they take in less CO2

New Scientist

A 21-year study of a patch of tropical forest shows that the trees produce less wood in years when temperatures are higher, suggesting these forests will mop up less carbon dioxide in future

Murphy Administration releases mapping tool to help New Jersey residents identify lead exposure risks in housing

Environmental News Bits

Read the news release. In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from Sunday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 30, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Health have released the first phase of a statewide online mapping tool that uses publicly available data to indicate potential sources of lead… Read more → Environmental health Environmental justice Information tools

Science prize boosts prospects for early-career researchers

Physics World

Magnetic moment: Tino Gottschall of the Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Germany was awarded the 2021 Nicholas Kurti Science Prize for his work on magnetic refrigeration. Courtesy: R Weisflog/HZDR).

Fresh fruit and vegetable supply threatened by rising disruptions

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Dive. Inconsistent deliveries and shortages of fertilizers and pesticides are affecting the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables and threatening the next growing cycle, according to a joint statement this month from produce associations across North America. Given the perishable nature of produce, shipping delays and a lack of refrigerated containers… Read more → Agriculture Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste Supply chain

Waste 63

Neanderthals may have grown their baby teeth faster than we do

New Scientist

A tooth from a Neanderthal child who lived 120,000 years ago suggests that our cousin species began cutting their baby teeth at 4 months – earlier than for the average modern human

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