August, 2021

With Census Data Now Available, You Can Help Protect Democracy: Here’s How

Union of Concerned Scientists

2020 US Census data are now available and accessible–and there are an exciting variety of tools for science and democracy advocates to use this data to demand fair and unbiased districting. Science and Democracy Democracy Democracy Reform science and democracy Voting rights

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What Does the Movie "Dirty Harry" Teach Us About Adapting to Climate Change Risk?

Environmental and Urban Economics

Michael Mann has co-authored a witty letter to the Wall Street Journal. Here is a photo for you to appreciate his insights. His letter makes an analogy between climate change and Clint Eastwood in the first Dirty Harry movie.

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The Pandemic Caused a Baby Bust, Not a Boom

Scientific American

Birth rates in many high-income countries declined in the months following the first wave, possibly because of economic uncertainty. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Social Sciences Sociology

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Blood test detects brain tumours at an early stage

Physics World

Detecting a brain tumour at the earliest possible stage enables faster treatment and safer surgery, which are essential to improve the patient’s chance of a good clinical outcome.

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How AI Enabled Asset Management is Driving Down the Cost of Renewable Energy

Environmental Leader

The world is experiencing a revolution in how electricity is generated. As climate poses an existential threat to global ecologies and economies, the future—and increasingly the present—belongs to those companies that can reliably and efficiently generate electricity from low or no carbon sources.

The Dream of Carbon Air Capture Edges Toward Reality

Yale E360

Next month, an industrial facility in Iceland will join a growing number of projects to remove CO2 from the air and put it underground. But major hurdles, including high costs, remain before this technology can be widely deployed and play a key role in tackling climate change. Read more on E360

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Amazon's Big Data on Consumer Behavior Fuels its Entry into Urban Retailing

Environmental and Urban Economics

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is opening retail stores in cities. On one level, this poses a puzzle because Amazon's rise was fueled by its cost savings due to the fact that it is a virtual store. Over the decades, Amazon has assembled a huge database about each of its customers. Such data (and knowing where each of us lives) allows it to make educated predictions about what goods we will want to buy at its retail stores. Amazon will stock their stores with such products.

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Nonbinary Scientists Want Funding Agencies to Change How they Collect Gender Data

Scientific American

Too many surveys fail to include options beyond “male,” “female” and “do not wish to disclose” -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Biology Ethics

2021 114

Electron interaction with heavy nucleus calculated from first principles

Physics World

Effective theorists: Sonia Bacca (left), Bijaya Acharya (centre) and Joanna Sobczyk. Courtesy: Sabrina Hopp/Angelika Stehle). The interaction between an electron and a calcium-40 nucleus has been calculated from first principles for the first time.

Droughts Push More People to Migrate Than Floods

Circle of Blue

World Bank report sheds light on the nuanced connections between “water shocks” and human migration.

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Not declaring the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ only postpones the inevitable

Environmental News Bits

by Jon C. Day, Scott F. Heron, and Terry Hughes (James Cook University) After much anticipation, the World Heritage Committee on Friday decided against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”.

Methane Madness: 5 Reasons Why Natural Gas Doesn’t Belong in a Clean Electricity Payment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Senate just released a federal budget resolution that includes a measure that could subsidize the production of natural gas. Here are 5 reasons why we shouldn't do that.

CHART OF THE WEEKPutting Public Investment to Work

IMFBlog

By Mariano Moszoro. For countries on the path to recovery, reviving economic activity is a major priority. And what better way to support a come-back than by creating jobs. Our new IMF staff research shows that when governments spend on infrastructure, they create many new jobs.

COVID Vaccines Show No Signs of Harming Fertility or Sexual Function

Scientific American

The novel coronavirus, in contrast, can disrupt both things in unvaccinated men and women. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health Vaccines

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Wind farms get noisier at night, say physicists

Physics World

Noise from wind farms may be more bothersome at night than it is during the day – and not only for the reasons you might expect.

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Shrinking Reservoirs Trigger Deeper Water Cuts for Lower Colorado River

Circle of Blue

Federal government declares, for the first time, a Tier 1 shortage due to low water at Lake Mead. Mineral deposits on the canyon walls show where Lake Mead water levels used to touch. The reservoir is the lowest it’s been since it was first filled in the 1930s. Photo © J.

A Scientist Reveals the Bioluminescent Magic of the Deep-Sea World

Yale E360

In an interview with Yale Environment 360 , marine biologist Edith Widder talks about her pioneering research into the world of bioluminescent organisms in the deep oceans and warns of the dangers, from trawling to oil drilling, that imperil this hidden realm. Read more on E360

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Accurately and Appropriately Accounting for Risk: Why Steven Koonin and George Will Are Unsettling

Union of Concerned Scientists

A Science Network guest blogger reacts to Dr. Steven Koonin's controversial book on climate science, and a perhaps overly credulous review of this book by George Will in the Washington Post. Climate Change climate impacts disinformation risk assessment science-based decision making

The Repercussions of a Changing Climate, in 5 Devastating Charts

Inside Climate News

If news about the written part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report didn’t alarm you, these five graphic depictions of warming’s impacts will.

Sometimes Mindlessness Is Better Than Mindfulness

Scientific American

In some situations, don’t pay so much attention. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Mind & Brain Behavior Psychology

2021 112

The physics of candyfloss – on Earth and in space

Physics World

If you’ve ever read Roald Dahl ’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , you must surely have dreamed of tearing back the silver foil from your favourite chocolate bar and winning a golden ticket.

The Colorado River Basin’s Daunting New Math

Circle of Blue

The basin’s big reservoirs have fallen to uncharted territory. The forecast isn’t any better. Lake Mead sits at a record low. Federal officials are expected to declare a first-ever Tier 1 shortage, which will require water cuts that fall most heavily on Arizona. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue.

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Coming Together

IMFBlog

By Vitor Gaspar and Gita Gopinath. Differences in vaccine access and the ability to deploy policy support are creating a growing divergence between advanced economies from many emerging market and developing economies.

What We Told the White House about Science Communication and Scientific Integrity

Union of Concerned Scientists

Center for Science and Democracy Director Andrew Rosenberg summarizes the testimony he and his colleagues provided to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Microplastics hinder the growth of microscopic marine animals

Frontier Sin

By Tania Fitzgeorge-Balfour, science writer. Example of marine dinoflagellates ( Dinophysis sp., not the species studied in the paper). Image credit: Rattiya Thongdumhyu/Shutterstock.com. Plastic pollution is not just a problem for larger marine animals.

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The True Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Is Much Worse than Early Official Counts

Scientific American

A tool built by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that the number of fatalities may range from 10,000 to 100,000 or more. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Geology Natural Disasters Health

2021 114

Were high-energy neutrinos from a supernova detected 34 years ago?

Physics World

Data collected more than thirty years ago contain what could be evidence of high-energy neutrinos generated by a supernova.

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Climate Change Is Intensifying the Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

Circle of Blue

The climate crisis will jeopardize key sources of fresh water and make extreme weather events more severe. But experts say there’s still time to prevent the worst outcomes. A farmer in the Mekong Delta uses plastic, mud, and sticks to hold back the rising sea.

Global Climate Panel’s Report: No Part of the Planet Will be Spared

Inside Climate News

A new IPCC science assessment, coming before COP26 in November, called for immediate action and showed that this summer’s extremes are only a mild preview of the decades ahead.

Historic Black Community Put at Risk by Truck Bridge

Union of Concerned Scientists

A historic black community fights to improve its air quality. Transportation pm 2.5

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Bringing Reusable Cups Back to Starbucks

Ocean Conservancy

By now, we all know the damage single-use items can do to our ocean and the creatures that call it home. That’s why thousands of people have taken Ocean Conservancy’s pledges to reduce waste in their daily lives by skipping the straw and quitting the cutlery.

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Why Bad Science Is Sometimes More Appealing Than Good Science

Scientific American

Researchers cite studies that can’t be replicated weirdly often. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Observatory Social Sciences Policy

2021 114

A personal mission: one scientist’s search for a theory of everything

Physics World

Jesper Grimstrup is a Danish theoretical physicist who received his PhD in 2002. His life’s mission is to find a theory of everything.

2002 114

“We Can’t Have Land Back Without Water Back”

Circle of Blue

Julia Bernal came of age while living in a watershed turned upside down by dams and diversions. Now an activist, she campaigns for Indigenous rights — and the water to sustain them. Pictured at the Santa Elena Canyon in Texas, the flow of the Río Grande shrinks during the summer.

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