October, 2021

Calling All Scientists: The Federal Government is Hiring

Union of Concerned Scientists

Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have bad news and good news. First, the bad: The federal scientific workforce—in other words, the scientists and experts who work for the government on behalf of the public—needs help. That workforce is aging quickly. It’s not as diverse as it should be.

TeamSeas Will Be Transformational for Our Ocean—Let’s Go!

Ocean Conservancy

Today YouTubers MrBeast, Mark Rober and thousands of other creators are joining together to launch TeamSeas, a crowd-funded campaign with the goal of raising $30 million dollars by January 1 to remove 30 million pounds of trash from rivers, beaches and our ocean.

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Large, defect-free quasicrystals could be made by ‘self-healing’

Physics World

A new way to grow large, defect-free quasicrystals has been developed by researchers in the US.

Why Protecting Tribal Rights Is Key to Fighting Climate Change

Yale E360

Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, talks with Yale Environment 360 about how climate change is hitting Native Americans especially hard and why protecting tribal sovereignty is critical for tackling the climate crisis. Read more on E360

Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

When and why did human brains decrease in size 3,000 years ago? New study may have found clues within ants

Frontier Sin

By Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers science writer. Image: Yongkiet Jitwattanatam/Shutterstock.com. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Now, a new study has brought us closer to understanding some of its evolution.

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Catholic Bishops in the US Largely Ignore the Pope’s Concern About Climate Change, a New Study Finds

Inside Climate News

Researchers at Creighton University reviewed more than 12,000 pastoral communications by the bishops. Only several dozen of those writings said a warming climate was real.

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10 Ink-credible Octopus Photos

Ocean Conservancy

October 8 is World Octopus Day, which is the perfect excuse to appreciate these unbelievable cephalopods. To be fair, if you know us, you know we don’t need a reason to celebrate octopuses.

Sterile neutrinos ruled out by MicroBooNE, but mysterious excess remains unexplained

Physics World

Neutrino physics has rarely been straightforward, and many surprises – and four Nobel prizes – have emerged in the 90 years since the particle was first proposed.

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From Homes to Cars, It’s Now Time to Electrify Everything

Yale E360

The key to shifting away from fossil fuels is for consumers to begin replacing their home appliances, heating systems, and cars with electric versions powered by clean electricity. The challenges are daunting, but the politics will change when the economic benefits are widely felt. Read more on E360

Surprising discovery in Arctic songbird may reveal how it survives challenging migrations

Frontier Sin

By K.E.D Coan, science writer. Snow buntings in winter. Image: Mircea Costina/Shutterstock.com. There is still much to learn about how Arctic migratory birds adjust their physiology during different phases of their life. For example, between winter and summer habitats, or during migration.

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World Meteorological Organization Sharpens Warnings About Both Too Much and Too Little Water

Inside Climate News

With global warming intensifying the water cycle, floods and droughts are increasing, and many countries are unprepared. By Bob Berwyn The global supply of fresh water is dropping by almost half an inch annually, the World Meteorological Organization warned in a report released this week.

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Top US Chemical Weapons Company Selling Lethal Smoke as Non-Hazardous

Union of Concerned Scientists

Safariland—a chemical weapons company that boasts annual sales of over $850 million—has removed vital safety information from its hexachloroethane (HC) smoke grenades, each of which is capable of killing 10 people.

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5 Venomous Ocean Animals You Need to See

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean animals have evolved all kinds of different ways to protect themselves from threats. Some use camouflage to blend into their surroundings. Others have hard shells that keep the animals (relatively) safe inside. And many others rely on toxins to dissuade potential predators from bothering them.

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Black-hole laser could have quantum computing applications

Physics World

An electromagnetic analogue for a black hole laser – a system that could theoretically amplify Hawking radiation from the event horizon of a black hole and make it observable – has been proposed by Haruna Katayama of Hiroshima University in Japan.

A Big New Forest Initiative Sparks Concerns of a ‘Carbon Heist’

Yale E360

Major funding to finance forest conservation projects is set to be announced at the UN climate summit next week. But some environmentalists contend the LEAF program could exclude the Indigenous people who have long protected the forests that the initiative aims to save. Read more on E360

BASILIO KIMANI: BAZENGA WA NGUVU

Cleannovate

Ushawahi sahau burungo zako kwa mathree? Ushawahi dondoka kwa nganya halafu baada ya stepu kobole unashtuka huna walenje? Hiyo ikinifanyikia nitakubali tu kuchengwa… Nitajua nimelambwa… nimeperembwa… Lakini kuna yutman fulani kwa mathree za Thika alisahau bag iko na ngiri twenty na lapi na bado aka manage kuziget. Dere fulani wa nguvu anaitwa Basilio alimuekea burungo zake akamgee masake alipokam kuziulizia. Huyu bazu hakuwa mkenya wa kawaida. Alikuwa mbuyu wa nguvu.

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A Nobel pursuit

Real Climate

Klaus Hasselmann and Suki Manabe. Last week, the Nobel physics prize was (half) awarded to Suki Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann for their work on climate prediction and the detection and attribution of climate change.

Despite Cutbacks, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science Denial

Union of Concerned Scientists

ExxonMobil has spent more than $39 million to manufacture doubt about climate science and block government action. Climate Change Energy

Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions

Environmental Leader

Las Vegas will begin using digital twin technology to help the city reduce its carbon footprint. The post Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Meteor strike may have destroyed Sodom, collective blob motion, asteroid nuclear impact

Physics World

According to book of Genesis in the Bible, the city of Sodom was destroyed by God because of the wickedness of its people.

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Finding Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

Yale E360

The first-ever report on the world’s coral reefs presents a grim picture, as losses mount due to global warming. But there are signs of hope — some regions are having coral growth, and researchers found that corals can recover if given a decade of reprieve from hot water. Read more on E360

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RECOVERY OF CROP NUTRIENTS FROM WASTEWATER

Cleannovate

Its possible that some of the vegetables we have eaten have been grown using wastewater. This does pose numerous problems such as exposure to toxic metals, bacteria and dissolved substances. However, this seems to be a practice that is rife especially in the low class urban neighborhoods. Communities strained by unemployment and lack of basic resources such as water attempt to make ends meet by growing crops along industrial effluent and sewage lines.

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I Eat Fish, Am I Eating Microplastics?

Ocean Conservancy

Written by Hayley McIlwraith, Research Assistant in the Rochman Lab and Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, co-founder of the University of Toronto Trash Team and Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy. Plastic is everywhere.

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To Find Out If ExxonMobil Really Supports a Carbon Tax, Just Follow the Money

Union of Concerned Scientists

Despite claiming to endorse a carbon tax, ExxonMobil has funneled millions of dollars to lawmakers who oppose the idea. Climate Change Energy

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What’s Up With White Squirrels and Black Squirrels?

Cool Green Science

A guide to squirrels of a different color. The post What’s Up With White Squirrels and Black Squirrels? appeared first on Cool Green Science. Wildlife Mammal Watching Natural History

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.

Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity

Yale E360

Ground-level ozone has long been known to pose a threat to human health. Now, scientists are increasingly understanding how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife. Read more on E360

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COULD SEWAGE BECOME OUR SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER?

Cleannovate

Resources are all around us. But rarely do we think of water as a resource especially when considering wastewater. Yet for over 50 years, Veolia , a utility company has been converting wastewater into drinking water in Windhoek, Namibia. A tall order it would seem. However, come to think of it, water constitutes over 90% of wastewater. If that’s the case, why can’t we go the extra mile to reclaim it? WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS.

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Polar Bears Are Suffering from the Arctic’s Loss of Sea Ice. So Is Scientists’ Ability to Study Them

Inside Climate News

The melting ice is affecting the bears’ behavior and physical condition, and it has made studying them through forays out onto the ice a treacherous business. By David Hasemyer It was spring in Alaska’s frozen north, and Todd Atwood was fidgety. Science Climate Change Polar Bears sea ice

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Fossil Fuel Obstruction Brought Us the Climate Crisis: Hard Questions Big Oil CEOs Should Answer

Union of Concerned Scientists

Director of Strategic Climate Analytics Erika Spanger-Siegfried pulls no punches as she imagines what she'd ask the fossil fuel executives who will be questioned about their role in climate change at a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting.

Best Buy Solar Project is its Largest Renewable Energy Venture

Environmental Leader

Best Buy unveils another solar power project in what the company says is its largest renewable energy effort to date. The post Best Buy Solar Project is its Largest Renewable Energy Venture appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Physicists get under the skin of apple growth

Physics World

Researchers in the US have used the physics of singularities to study the recess, or cusp, that forms around the stalk of an apple.

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Fossil Fuels Received $5.9 Trillion In Subsidies in 2020, Report Finds

Yale E360

Coal, oil, and natural gas received $5.9 trillion in subsidies in 2020 — or roughly $11 million every minute — according to a new analysis from the International Monetary Fund. Read more on E360

Shape-shifting worm blob model could inspire future robot swarms

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. ‘Blob’ of Lumbriculus variegatus blackworms. The half-circle to the right is the edge of a petri dish. Image credit: Harry Tuazon. Lumbriculus variegatus blackworms can aggregate into ‘blobs’ capable of collective movement.

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With a Warming Climate, Coastal Fog Around the World Is Declining

Inside Climate News

In California, dissipating “June gloom” could bring a dismal future for some of the state’s redwoods and Torrey pines.

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IN: Arctic Experts and Scientists — OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Biden administration has taken action to bring back science and expertise to its Arctic policy work. Climate Change Science and Democracy Arctic Priorities for the Biden Administration