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A Functioning Democracy Focuses on Funding Priorities, Not Whether to Defund the Government

Union of Concerned Scientists

There are real-world consequences for this political gameplaying – including for science and scientists. Science and Democracy government shutdown

Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks--and Where to Get Them

Scientific American

High-quality respirators such as N95s and K95s are now widely available and provide the best protection against COVID, according to experts. Why aren’t more people wearing them? -- Read more on Health Public Health

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As the Climate Bakes, Turkey Faces a Future Without Water

Yale E360

No nation in the Mediterranean region has been hit harder by climate change than Turkey. But as heat and drought intensify, Turkey is doubling down on large-scale agriculture and development and spurring a water-supply crisis that is expected to get much worse. Read more on E360

Photon–photon collisions could shed light on physics beyond the Standard Model

Physics World

A new way of studying matter that is created when photons collide has been developed by CERN’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration. Their experiment, done on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), sheds new light on a mystery surrounding the nature of high-energy collisions between heavy ions.

We Must Fight Restrictions on Voting Rights

Union of Concerned Scientists

So far this year at least 18 states have enacted laws that will make it harder for people to vote. Science and Democracy For the People Act John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Voting rights

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Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use

Environmental Leader

Wind and Solar sources help continue growth in US renewable energy use. The post Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Solar & Renewable Energy

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Life beyond the Nobel: Takaaki Kajita and the hunt for gravitational waves

Physics World

For the past half a century, Japan has led the world in neutrino science. In the 1980s the Japanese physicist Masatoshi Koshiba masterminded the construction of a huge neutrino detector located 1000 m underground in a lead and zinc mine in Japan in Hida, Gifu Prefecture.

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Four Ways Congress Can Use the Budget Reconciliation to Help Farmers Build a Resilient Farm Future

Union of Concerned Scientists

Billions of dollars of conservation agriculture investments hang in the balance with budget reconciliation. Food and Agriculture budget reconciliation climate change Congress farm policy farmworkers food policy food system USDA

On the Klamath, Dam Removal May Come Too Late to Save the Salmon

Yale E360

The upcoming demolition of four Klamath River dams was seen as an ecological triumph that would help restore the river’s beleaguered salmon. But after a record drought and wildfire this summer, many are worried the salmon could be all but gone before the dams come down Read more on E360

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Even Mild Cases of COVID May Leave a Mark on the Brain

Scientific American

The new findings, although preliminary, are raising concerns about the potential long-term effects of COVID-19. -- Read more on Health Epidemiology

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Living at high altitudes may lower chance of having a deadly stroke

Frontier Sin

By Conn Hastings, science writer. A town in the Ecuadorian Andes mountains. Image: ireneuke/ Researchers in Ecuador are the first to investigate the risk of stroke-related death and hospitalization in people living at four different altitude ranges.

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Reconciliation and the Climate Crisis: Failure Is Not an Option

Union of Concerned Scientists

Congress needs to make the needed investments to save us from climate catastrophe. Climate Change Energy Science and Democracy climate solutions Congress Reconciliation

Crypto Boom Poses New Challenges to Financial Stability


By Dimitris Drakopoulos , Fabio Natalucci , and Evan Papageorgiou. As crypto assets take hold, regulators need to step up. Crypto assets offer a new world of opportunities: Quick and easy payments. Innovative financial services. Inclusive access to previously “unbanked” parts of the world.

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A Plot Twist for Climate Change, the Power of Occam's Razor, and Other New Books

Scientific American

Recommendations from the editors of Scientific American. -- Read more on Recommended Environment Social Sciences Arts

New dawn for South African radioastronomy as major telescope nears completion

Physics World

A $25m radio telescope in South Africa that is dedicated to observing the early universe is expected to be complete early next year.

As Drought Grips American West, Irrigation Becomes Selling Point for Michigan

Circle of Blue

As Drought Grips American West, Irrigation Becomes Selling Point for Michigan. Michigan farmers irrigate with 187 billion gallons of groundwater a year. Is the state prepared for more? Michigan counts nearly 11,000 agricultural wells, 3,800 of them installed from 2010 to 2020.

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Louisiana Federal Court Allows Injunctive Relief Under FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Energy & the Law

Coach Eaux congratulates the Tigers for reading Energy and the Law Resistance was futile for defendants opposing a temporary injunction sought by a party armed with a FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that includes condemnation rights under the Natural Gas Act.

Death, Physics and Wishful Thinking

Scientific American

Fear of mortality might underlie physicists’ fondness for the anthropic principle, multiverses, superdeterminism and other shaky ideas. -- Read more on Consciousness Space & Physics

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New optical transistor uses quasiparticle condensate to switch rapidly

Physics World

A new optical transistor has been designed by researchers in Russia, Switzerland, and Germany.

Menstrual cups are a cheaper, more sustainable way for women to cope with periods than tampons or pads

Environmental News Bits

by Susan Powers (Clarkson University) Every year in America, women spend at least US$2.8 billion on sanitary pads and tampons that can take hundreds of years to decompose. Is there a more economical and environmentally friendly way?

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23 Species are Now Declared Extinct

Ocean Conservancy

There are a few ways a species can be removed from the endangered species list. Scientists can discover different information that changes their assessment of the species.

Massively Reducing Food Waste Could Feed the World

Scientific American

It would also greatly cut greenhouse gas emissions. -- Read more on Features Environment Conservation

‘Most perfect graphene ever’ grows fold-free on metal foil

Physics World

A team of researchers in Korea claims to have synthesized the most perfect large-area single-crystal graphene film ever by pinning down the temperature above which unwanted folds naturally develop in the carbon sheet.

Farmers show interest in Farm to Food Bank Program

Environmental News Bits

by Lisa Sheppard, Prairie Research Institute While thousands of Illinoisans go hungry every day, up to 40 percent of food goes uneaten.

How to Prevent a Government Shutdown, Create Jobs and Protect Our Ocean

Ocean Conservancy

This is a momentous week for Congress, if they want it to be. Several deadlines are looming for our federal representatives and, if they fail to take action, the consequences will be dire. People around the country will face job furloughs.

To Teach Students about Climate Change, 'Just the Facts' Isn't Enough

Scientific American

We also need to talk about emotions and discuss pathways to action. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change

Life beyond the Nobel: Brian Josephson and his interest in the mind

Physics World

With a Nobel prize under your belt and unshackled by the need to “prove” yourself, it must be tempting to set off in new directions – to try your hand at topics beyond the area in which you originally made your name.

Western fires are burning higher in the mountains and at unprecedented rates as the climate warms

Environmental News Bits

by Mojtaba Sadeghn (Boise State University) John Abatzoglou (University of California, Merced), and Mohammad Reza Alizadeh (McGill University) The Western U.S.

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The Origins of Climate Awareness in the Legal Academy

Legal Planet

Today, climate change is the central, though by no means the only, concern in environmental law. Awareness of the issue began slowly, however. Westlaw searches for “global warming” and “greenhouse effect” pick up only a handful of citations before 1985.

All Small Electronics Should Have the Same Charging Ports, New E.U. Rule Says

Scientific American

In a bid to reduce waste, a proposed regulation would require phones and other small electronics to switch to USB-C. -- Read more on Policy Politics Technology Electronics

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X-ray dark-field imaging may help diagnose lung disease

Physics World

© X-ray dark-field chest imaging – a new technique touted as the most significant advance in standard chest X-ray in 100 years – has shown for the first time that it may help diagnose lung disease in humans, according to a study published in Radiology.

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Climate studies focus on a new priority: urban areas

Environmental News Bits

by Lisa Sheppard, Prairie Research Institute Climate change affects cities, and cities affect the climate. Urban areas are hotspots for heat waves, flooding, and air pollution that ultimately affect human health and welfare.

Why Should You Care About WHO’s New Air Quality Guidelines?


In September 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) formally updated its guidelines regarding air quality for the first time in 16 years.

What Is Machine Learning? Here's a Short Video Primer

Scientific American

Deep learning, neural networks, imitation games—what does any of this have to do with teaching computers to “learn”? -- Read more on Technology Artificial Intelligence