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Hurricane Ida leaves Chemical Facilities and Surrounding Communities Without Power

Union of Concerned Scientists

Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city has been slammed by another record-breaking storm: Hurricane Ida.

Bose-Einstein condensates hit record low temperature

Physics World

A new way of controlling the expansion of matter in a freely-falling Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) has produced the coldest effective temperature ever measured: 38 pK (10 -12 K) above absolute zero.


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Five Nobel Prize winners publish scientific article collection for children

Frontier Sin

The Nobel Collection of free scientific articles for next generation of scientists goes live. Young people everywhere now have access to a free collection of scientific articles written by winners of science’s most coveted honor, the Nobel Prize.

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Wolf Populations Drop as More States Allow Hunting

Scientific American

Repercussions of planned and anticipated wolf hunts and traps could ripple through ecosystems for years to come, scientists say. -- Read more on Environment Ecology

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As the Planet Has Warmed, Weather Disasters Have Grown Fivefold, Analysis Shows

Yale E360

Weather disasters have become five times more common since 1970, due in large part to climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Read more on E360

Fast quantum random number generator fits on a fingertip

Physics World

Smartphones could soon come equipped with a quantum-powered source of random numbers after researchers in China developed a quantum random number generator (QRNG) chip small enough to sit comfortably on a fingertip. What’s more, the new integrated photonic chip generates random numbers at rate of 18.8

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Health Effects of 9/11 Still Plague Responders and Survivors

Scientific American

Those who were exposed to Ground Zero have increased rates of certain cancers and other health problems. -- Read more on Health History

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‘Eyes in the Sky’ Help Police California Water Use

Circle of Blue

Satellite data is one monitoring tool regulators turn to in this very dry year. The California Department of Water Resources constructed a rock barrier in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at the beginning of the summer to prevent salt water from pushing too far inland. Photo taken June 15, 2021.

Invading black hole or neutron star caused star to explode, say astronomers

Physics World

A black hole or a neutron star may have merged with a normal massive star and caused it to explode in a supernova, according to Caltech’s Dillon Dong and colleagues. Dong says that such explosions could occur at minimum rate of “one explosion per 10 million years in a galaxy like the Milky Way”.

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Turning Hog Waste into Biogas: Green Solution or Greenwashing?

Yale E360

North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution. Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields. Read more on E360

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To Look or Not to Look? That Is the Question

Scientific American

The search for technological relics of extraterrestrial civilizations will inspire the public and attract talent to the field of astronomy. -- Read more on Space & Physics Extraterrestrial Life

IBM Power E1080 Server Promotes Big Increase in Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader

IBM has introduced the Power E1080 server, the first to be used on its Power10 processer, which the company says will use artificial intelligence and technology improvements to make hybrid cloud environments significantly more efficient.

Standing on the shoulders of programmers: the power of free and open-source software

Physics World

Twenty-three thousand. According to computer scientist Katie Bouman , that is how many people were involved in creating the first ever image of a black hole, taken by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) in 2019.

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What is the Flamingo Tongue Snail?

Ocean Conservancy

The flamingo tongue snail ( Cyphoma gibbosum ) is a strange-looking little critter with an even stranger name. Whether you’ve seen a flamingo tongue in person or have never heard of it in your life, here are some fun facts about this brightly-colored invertebrate. See more wonderful ocean animals!

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Adolescent Mental Health? There's a 'Vaccine' for That

Scientific American

School-based interventions that help students regulate their emotions in healthy ways have proved effective at preventing pandemic-related issues. -- Read more on Mind & Brain Mental Health

Who Won and Who Didn’t: The 2021 Texas Legislature and Energy

Energy & the Law

Most bills filed in each legislative session fail. For the most part we are thankful for that. But today we summarize a few that survived while you weren’t paying attention. As usual, there are winners, losers, and rainouts.

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Physics explains why humans can walk through crowded places and not spill their coffee

Physics World

The Nobel Prize for Physics is almost upon us, but before we know who is heading to Stockholm (maybe via Zoom again), the Ig Nobel prizes take the limelight.

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

Cool Green Science

Where have all the weasels gone? The small carnivores are in decline, and you can help. The post Have You Seen A Weasel Lately? appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist Urban Conservation

How 9/11 Ushered in a New Era of Conspiracy Theories

Scientific American

The breakdown of institutional legitimacy helped shape our current information crisis. -- Read more on Mind & Brain Behavior

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Are There Other Ways to Look at the IPCC 6th Assessment?

Energy & the Law

I prepared this post before Ida. It might now be perceived as cynical, or unsympathetic to the plight of those affected in South Louisiana and the Northeast. Is the intensity of hurricanes exacerbated by global warming? Some say it is ; some say it isn’t.

Astronomers define new class of potentially habitable ocean worlds

Physics World

Hot, ocean-covered exoplanets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres could harbour life and may be more common than planets that are Earth-like in size, temperature and atmospheric composition.

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Nth Cycle receives grant for electro-extraction technology commercialization

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Recycling Today. Nth Cycle, a metal processing and recycling technology company based in Boston, has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through its InnovateMass program.

What Structural Engineers Learned from 9/11

Scientific American

Members of the profession study such tragic events to try and ensure that something similar won’t happen again. -- Read more on Technology Engineering

Federal Election 2021: What the parties are promising (so far)

Eco Justice

The 2021 federal election is an opportunity for Canadians to elect the federal government they believe can chart a path toward a sustainable future for this country. In advance of. Read more. The post Federal Election 2021: What the parties are promising (so far) appeared first on Ecojustice.

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Deep learning model automates brain tumour classification

Physics World

Brain tumour classification: The neural network classifies tumour type based on its image characteristics in the MRI scan. The colour maps show which pixels led to a correct prediction, with warmer colours representing higher contributions. Courtesy: Radiological Society of North America).

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Toyota to Invest Billions in Batteries by 2030

Environmental Leader

Toyota Motor Corporation announced it plans invest more than $13.6 billion in batteries and battery production by 2030, with a goal of reducing the costs of battery technology for electric vehicles (EV) by as much as 50% as well as to develop a supply system that….

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To Solve the Environmental Crisis, We Must Foster the Power to Imagine

Scientific American

Our educational system is designed to generate productive workers, not creative thinkers and doers. -- Read more on Environment Creativity

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Back in the Lab: FSIS Requests Comments on Cell Cultured Meat Labeling

National Law Center

On September 2, 2021, the Food Safety Inspection Service (“FSIS”), an agency housed within the United States Department of Agriculture, released. The post Back in the Lab: FSIS Requests Comments on Cell Cultured Meat Labeling appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Tandem solar cells edge towards 30% efficiency

Physics World

Late in 2020, scientists in Germany and Lithuania announced a new milestone in so-called “tandem” solar cells – that is, cells made from two different types of photovoltaic material.

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mRNA cancer therapy now in human trials after shrinking mouse tumours

New Scientist

An mRNA cancer treatment developed by BioNTech and Sanofi is being tested in people after shrinking tumours in mice, and is hoped to repeat the success of mRNA covid-19 vaccines

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Misophonia Might Not Be about Hating Sounds After All

Scientific American

The phenomenon triggers strong negative reactions to everyday sounds but might come from subconscious mirroring behavior. -- Read more on Advances Health Medicine

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Ag & Food Law Daily Update: September 7, 2021

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food.

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Self-powered wearable yarns can sense temperature and mechanical strain

Physics World

A multipurpose material that can sense strain and temperature and harvest energy from temperature gradients has been developed by researchers in the UK and the Netherlands.

A glimpse at Greenland's deep-sea ecosystems threatened by fishing

New Scientist

Halibut fishing off the coast of Greenland uses heavy equipment dragged along the sea floor, which can cause irreversible harm to slow-growing anemones and coral

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