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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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People Who Jump to Conclusions Show Other Kinds of Thinking Errors

Scientific American

Belief in conspiracy theories and overconfidence are two tendencies linked to hasty thinking. -- Read more on Mind & Brain Cognition

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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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At Glasgow, Can the World Move from Aspiration to Action?

Yale E360

Negotiators at the Glasgow climate conference will face a stark choice: Focus on setting firm emissions targets for 2030, or settle for goals of achieving “net zero” by 2050? The course they set could determine if we have a shot at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Read more on E360

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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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Was Our Universe Created in a Laboratory?

Scientific American

Developing quantum-gravity technologies may elevate us to a “class A” civilization, capable of creating a baby universe. -- Read more on Space & Physics Cosmology

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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.

New USDA Research Grants Show Promising Focus on Food Systems

Union of Concerned Scientists

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces new funding for research projects in sustainable agriculture. Food and Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA NIH sustainable agriculture USDA

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Beethoven's Unfinished 10th Symphony Brought to Life by Artificial Intelligence

Scientific American

Nearly 200 years after his death, the German composer’s musical scratch was pieced together by machine—with a lot of human help. -- Read more on Social Sciences Arts

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NASA hit by resignation over its handling of investigation into telescope renaming

Physics World

A member of NASA’s Astrophysics Advisory Committee has resigned over the agency’s handling of an investigation into whether the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) should be renamed.

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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.

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

Who Needs a COVID Booster Shot? Experts Answer Common Questions

Scientific American

Now that the FDA has authorized the shots for a broad range of Americans, many people want to know if they need a booster dose. Here’s what we know so far. -- Read more on Health Vaccines

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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.

2021 113

Fiscal Policy for an Uncertain World


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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Biden Administration’s Policies on COVID-19 Booster Shots Plagued by Chaos

Union of Concerned Scientists

Over the past few weeks, the issue of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots has caused a perfect storm of politics, science, and confusion. We’ve seen wide scientific agreement, vigorous debate, and political overstep.

A Big Bet on Nanotechnology Has Paid Off

Scientific American

The National Nanotechnology Initiative promised a lot. It has delivered more. -- Read more on Technology Nanotechnology

Why nuclear energy must be part of ‘net zero’ climate targets

Physics World

Tricky problem Nuclear energy is often not viewed as a low-carbon energy source. Courtesy: Shutterstock/andrea dantee).

HotSpots H2O: New Report Urges Policymakers to ‘Wake Up to the Looming Water Crisis’

Circle of Blue

Current rates of progress on water, sanitation, and hygiene would need to quadruple to meet UN targets. Over the past 20 years, the majority of flood losses have occurred in Asia, where climate change-induced rainfall is expected to hit the hardest. Photo © GKarunakar / Wikimedia Commons.

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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.

A Strategy for Rescheduling Psilocybin

Scientific American

There are three legal pathways to deregulating the drug under the Controlled Substances Act. -- Read more on Medicine Pharmaceuticals Mental Health Psychology Social Sciences Policy

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‘Mellow’ supermassive black holes could be creating mysterious cosmic particles

Physics World

“Mellow” supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at the centres of some galaxies could be the source of mysterious low-energy gamma rays and high-energy neutrinos that have been seen by some observatories, according to physicists in Japan and the US.

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.

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

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 Social Sciences Anthropology

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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.

20 Staggering E-Waste Facts in 2021

Earth 911

It feels as if electronics were made to be thrown out every year, right? The post 20 Staggering E-Waste Facts in 2021 appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech e-waste e-waste-facts

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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?”

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 Environment Climate Change

UK announces potential sites for prototype fusion energy plant

Physics World

Five sites have been shortlisted as a potential home of the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant. Known as the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP), it aims to be a working fusion reactor and have many of the features of a fully operational power station when operational in the 2040s.

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Breast milk from Mennonite moms on farms better protects babies from allergies

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. Image credit: Richard L. Bowman / A new study is the first to compare breast milk between mothers from the older order Mennonite community who live on traditional farms versus urban women.

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Delaware Bankruptcy Court Treats Royalty Owner Claims as Unsecured

Energy & the Law

Coauthors Sahrish K. Soleja and Lydia Webb. If you are a royalty owner and have questions about how your claim is likely to be treated when your lessee/operator goes into bankruptcy in Delaware, In re MTE Holdings LLC is a significant case.

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Gut Bacteria Change as You Get Older--and May Accelerate Aging

Scientific American

Microbe types in older people’s intestines are different and are linked to disease. -- Read more on Microbiology Health

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Cold atmospheric plasma eradicates residual cancer cells

Physics World

Cleaning up cancer cells: Richard Wirz and colleagues are developing a portable cold atmospheric plasma device for postsurgical cancer treatment. Courtesy: Richard Wirz).