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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.

Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men -- Nobody Won

Scientific American

A protest by a group of scientists has ignited spirited discussions about the persistent lack of diversity in such awards. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change


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Scanning the cosmos for signs of alien technology

Physics World

In 1802 the young German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss suggested a way to make our presence known to would-be Martians – by clearing a huge area in the Siberian forest, planting it with wheat, and creating a pattern indicative of the Pythagorean theorem.

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

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

This Simple Experiment Could Challenge Standard Quantum Theory

Scientific American

Measuring the time it takes particles to travel between two points may offer the best-yet test for Bohmian mechanics. -- Read more on Space & Physics Quantum Physics

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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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Republicans Reject the Freedom to Vote Act

Union of Concerned Scientists

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Forever Chemicals Are Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water

Scientific American

Experts hope that with the incoming Biden administration, the federal government will finally regulate a class of chemicals known as PFASs. -- Read more on News Environment Pollution Water Public Health Policy

Could the future of vaccines be syringe-free?

Physics World

In the global fight against COVID-19, around 6.8 billion vaccine doses have been administered across the world, a figure that is likely to rise as more doses become available and with many countries now recommending booster jabs.



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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Colorado’s Fossil Fuel Industry Wants to Buy Your Friendship. Don’t Be Fooled.

Union of Concerned Scientists

A new UCS report found that the oil and gas industry has spent massive amounts of money in Colorado to buy political influence and block public health and environmental safeguards. Climate Change Energy Scientific Integrity climate change impacts disinformation fossil fuel companies

Vapor Storms Are Threatening People and Property

Scientific American

More moisture in a warmer atmosphere is fueling intense hurricanes and flooding rains. -- Read more on Features Environment Climate Change

Climate change in a nutshell: the causes and effects of global warming, simply put

Physics World

It might sound impossible to explain something as complex as the mechanisms of climate change both simply and accurately.

Surging Energy Prices May Not Ease Until Next Year


By Andrea Pescatori , Martin Stuermer , and Nico Valckx. Soaring natural gas prices are rippling through global energy markets—and other economic sectors from factories to utilities.

Here’s What Richer Countries Must Deliver to Make COP26 in Glasgow a Success

Union of Concerned Scientists

We’re less than two weeks out from the start of the annual U.N. international climate talks, also referred to as COP26, which are set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31-November 12. The gravity of the moment should be sinking in for world leaders.

Disabled Astronauts Blaze New Space Trails

Scientific American

Efforts are underway to make space missions more accessible. -- Read more on Social Sciences Diversity Space & Physics Space Exploration

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First positronium image recorded during a PET scan

Physics World

Simultaneous scans: Positronium lifetime image (left) and standardized uptake value image (right) of a phantom containing tumour and adipose tissue samples, recorded using the Jagiellonian-PET scanner. The positronium image reveals differences between cancerous and healthy tissues.

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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EPA Plans to Take Bold Action on PFAS. Will it Be Enough?

Union of Concerned Scientists

EPA's new plans for regulating PFAS are an important step in the right direction. But more needs to be done. Science and Democracy environmental justice EPA impacted communities PFAS

How Airborne Microplastics Affect Climate Change

Scientific American

Like other aerosols, these tiny particles scatter and absorb sunlight, influencing Earth’s temperature. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change Pollution

HotSpots H2O: As Famine Looms in East Africa, Humanitarian Groups Call for Urgent Action

Circle of Blue

Drought has left millions in the region facing food insecurity—and conditions are expected to get worse. The landscape of Kulaley Village in northern Kenya lays barren after a drought in 2011. Photo © OxFam East Africa / Wikimedia Commons.

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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/ 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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Your Chicken Nuggets May Be Driving the Pandemic

Union of Concerned Scientists

Earlier this year, Tyson Foods, Inc., the biggest chicken and meat company in the United States (ranked fifth in the world), spent just over $2 billion to buy Keystone Foods, the company that makes every single chicken nugget that gets sold by McDonald’s.

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Disturbing Answers to the Mystery of Tuskless Female Elephants

Scientific American

When poaching abounds, a genetic trait for tusklessness is selected for. -- Read more on Environment Endangered Species

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Celebrating Open Access Week 2021, new environmental open-access journals

Physics World

Next week marks International Open Access Week 2021 , which has as its theme “It matters how we open knowledge: building structural equity”. Now in its 13th year, the global event aims to promote the benefits of open-access publishing.

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How Much Did Ancient Land-Clearing Fires in New Zealand Affect the Climate?

Inside Climate News

A new study adds to the evidence that forest clearing and the spread of agriculture affected the Earth’s atmosphere and temperature earlier than previously believed.

The Bar for Climate Ambition is Set by Science, Not Congressional Politics

Union of Concerned Scientists

Without the Clean Electricity Performance Program, it will be harder to meet the nation's climate targets, but it can be done. Climate Change Energy budget reconciliation CEPP Congress methane

We Need to Ground Truth Assumptions about Gene Therapy

Scientific American

Researchers, practitioners and patients must balance the discipline’s promise with its reality. -- Read more on Innovations In Health Health Care

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Biological systems inspire new method for extracting lithium

Physics World

A new way to extract lithium from contaminated water could make this technologically important metal much easier to produce.

What’s Up With Water – October 18, 2021

Circle of Blue

Transcript. Welcome to “What’s Up With Water,” your need-to-know news of the world’s water from Circle of Blue. I’m Eileen Wray-McCann.

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The Build Back Better Act is a Bridge to the Future We Need. Senator Manchin, Don’t Blow It Up!

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate and Energy Policy Director Rachel Cleetus lays out the moral case for Senator Manchin–and Senator Sinema–to support the investments we need in clean energy through the budget reconciliation bill. Climate Change Energy budget reconciliation CEPP Congress

Heat Waves in Seville Will be Named and Ranked Like Hurricanes

Scientific American

The city is the first to undertake such a scheme, in an effort to better warn residents of the health threats from heat. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change Public Health

Small-world networks regulate transcription in cells

Physics World

Left: contact map highlighting beads that are close in space, comparing model simulations with experimental data for the modelled fragment. Right: DNA modelled as beads (connected by “spring” bonds, not shown). Courtesy: CC BY 4.0/ Commun. 10.1038/s41467-021-25875-y).