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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

Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement in Cities around the World

Scientific American

A new model could help model disease transmission and urban planning. -- Read more on Advances Math Mathematics

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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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Solar farms keep the neighbourhood cool, inspecting solar panels in broad daylight

Physics World

The Sun may be fading fast here in the northern hemisphere, but the number of solar panels installed here in the UK and elsewhere continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

“Code Red” for Climate Means Reducing US Oil and Gas Production

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Biden adminstration needs to focus on the urgency of the climate crisis. Climate Change Energy clean energy climate-change

Electric Vehicle Adoption Not Happening Fast Enough to Meet Climate Goals

Scientific American

Just 30 percent of cars on the road will be electric by 2050 under current policies, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change Fossil Fuels

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Quantum computers untangle knotty polymer problem

Physics World

The sheer length and complexity of polymers – chains of molecules that make up both artificial materials such as plastics and the proteins that form the essential building blocks of life – make them formidable objects to study.

Polluted Air in the Garden State: NJ Needs to Clean Up Its Diesel Trucks

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transitioning New Jersey’s diesel trucks to zero tailpipe emission vehicles is a crucial step in making the air safer to breathe. Transportation Advanced Clean Truck Rule clean transportation climate change electric truck New Jersey PM2.5 transportation

Adverse Selection in Car Insurance Markets: What Happens When Car Sellers Offer Insurance to Good Drivers?

Environmental and Urban Economics

My wife and I own a well known Electric Vehicle that monitors our driving in Southern California. The car company knows how many miles we drive and the car company knows that Dora is a safe driver based on her average speed and the braking she engages in and the fact that she doesn't engage in stop and go driving. While I have a driver's license, I do not drive. Six months ago, I asked Dora; "Why doesn't Tesla sell car insurance?

Microbes, Natural Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence

Scientific American

Humanity’s greatest achievement might be building our successors. -- Read more on Space & Physics Extraterrestrial Life

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Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi win the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics

Physics World

Spin doctor: Giorgio Parisi shares one half of the 2021 Nobel Prize For Physics. Courtesy: Lorenza Parisi). Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi have won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics.

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Ask a Scientist: Will Congress Finally Tackle the Climate Crisis?

Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS economist Rachel Cleetus, the Climate and Energy program’s policy director, has been closely following the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package. I asked her to provide us with a synopsis of their major provisions to get a better fix on just what they could accomplish.

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.

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.

Green jobs for physics graduates: opportunities to help build a sustainable future

Physics World

If the last few years of environmental coverage has taught us anything, it is that the climate crisis is a complex problem with no silver bullet.

Critical Protections Restored for NEPA, the Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Law

Union of Concerned Scientists

The proposed changes require federal agencies to evaluate all environmental impacts of their permitting decisions, including climate change. It’s a big deal. Climate Change Science and Democracy CEQ NEPA

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Why Basic Science Matters for Economic Growth


By Philip Barrett , Niels-Jakob Hansen , Jean-Marc Natal and Diaa Noureldin. ???? , ?? Español , Français. Public investment in basic research will pay for itself. The pandemic has rolled back decades of economic progress and wrought havoc on public finances.

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The FDA Should Better Regulate Medical Algorithms

Scientific American

Most do not require the agency’s approval, and those that do often don’t require clinical trials. -- Read more on Health Medicine Inequality Technology Computing

Distillation method strengthens quantum entanglement in a single pair of photons

Physics World

Quantum entanglement is a valuable resource, enabling spy-proof communications and allowing quantum algorithms to be faster than classical ones. But like other quantum phenomena, entanglement is also extremely delicate and sensitive to environmental noise.

What Does It Mean to Let Communities Choose? A New Report by UCS and Soulardarity

Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS partnered with Soulardarity to chart a path toward 100% local, resilient, and affordable clean energy resources owned by the people. Energy clean energy community decision making

HotSpots H2O: Years-Long Drought Pushes Brazil to the Brink

Circle of Blue

The country’s worst drought in nearly a century is choking commerce, threatening ecosystems, and diminishing hydroelectric power generation. Scientists estimate that Brazil hasn’t seen a normal period of rainfall since 2010. Photo courtesy of João Felipe C.S. Wikimedia Commons.

This Is What a Solid Made of Electrons Looks Like

Scientific American

Physicists have imaged elusive ‘Wigner crystals’ for the first time. -- Read more on Materials Science Space & Physics

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Simulations offer observational test for Planet Nine hypothesis

Physics World

Computer simulations by astronomers in the US have presented a new clue for researchers hunting a hypothesised planet hiding in the far reaches of the solar system.

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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

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

Why the Physics Nobel Honored Climate Science and Complex Systems

Scientific American

The prestigious award finally recognizes work that helped scientists understand climate change and, more broadly, find order in disorder. -- Read more on Climate Change Space & Physics Quantum Physics

Electrons flow like a fluid in a metal superconductor

Physics World

A team of researchers in the US has discovered that electrons in a transition metal superconductor called ditetrelide flow like a fluid rather than behaving as individual particles.

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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Inflation Scares in an Uncharted Recovery


By Francesca Caselli and Prachi Mishra. ???? , ?? Español , Français , ??? Português , ???????. A key question is what combination of events could cause persistently faster price gains.

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An Elbow Injury Exposes the Exorbitant Costs of Health Care

Scientific American

Bills totaling $287,365.08 provide insights into the dysfunctional economics of American medicine. -- Read more on Health Health Care

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‘CatGym’ algorithm predicts better catalysts

Physics World

Designing efficient new catalysts is no easy task.

Nucor Launches Carbon Neutral Steel Product

Environmental Leader

Nucor is launching a net zero carbon steel product and GM will be the first to put it into use. The post Nucor Launches Carbon Neutral Steel Product appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

When It Comes to Public Finances, Credibility Is Key


By Raphael Espinoza , Vitor Gaspar , and Paolo Mauro. Ending the health crisis and addressing its immediate fallout remains the top priority, but governments would also benefit from committing to fiscal responsibility.

Deadly Falls among the Elderly Are on the Rise

Scientific American

They could be reduced with targeted exercise and some technological innovations. -- Read more on The Science of Health Health Health Care Medicine