October, 2021

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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A Beach Haiku

Environmental and Urban Economics

The Low Tide Beckons No more Economics Talk I will Tweet later

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Black-hole laser could have quantum computing applications

Physics World

An electromagnetic analogue for a black hole laser – a system that could theoretically amplify Hawking radiation from the event horizon of a black hole and make it observable – has been proposed by Haruna Katayama of Hiroshima University in Japan.

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 ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Quantum Physics

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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

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/Shutterstock.com. 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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Incorporating Local Public Health Dynamics into The Rosen/Roback Spatial Equilibrium Model

Environmental and Urban Economics

Imagine if there is an infectious disease that spreads within cities but not across cities. Throughout the COVID crisis, the city specific infection rate has varied across cities at each point in time. In a city facing a rising infection rate, people can adapt by either engaging in costly self protection (self isolating) or through public health interventions such as vaccinating the local population. In this case, public health substitutes for private health protection investments.

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.

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 ScientificAmerican.com. Mind & Brain Cognition

2021 114

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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COULD SEWAGE BECOME OUR SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER?

Cleannovate

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.

2021 109

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

Water Groups Lauded a Side Agreement at the Paris Climate Conference. Then It Languished.

Circle of Blue

The fate of the Paris Pact reveals the difficulties in incorporating water into global climate agreements. The Tigris River watershed is shared by Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue.

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Quantum imaging techniques could help find exoplanets

Physics World

Astronomers in Australia and the UK have shown how exoplanets could be observed directly by using quantum hypothesis testing methods to analyse telescope images.

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 ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Cosmology

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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Fiscal Policy for an Uncertain World

IMFBlog

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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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

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?

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.

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 ScientificAmerican.com. News Environment Pollution Water Public Health Policy

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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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.

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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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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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.

2005 114

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 ScientificAmerican.com. Health Vaccines

2021 113

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.

Crypto Boom Poses New Challenges to Financial Stability

IMFBlog

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.

2020 108

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

2021 216

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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Proton arc therapy: do we need it; can we deliver it?

Physics World

Radiotherapy plays an essential role in the management of cancer, with roughly half of all cancer patients receiving radiation as part of their treatment. The majority of such treatments are delivered using external beams of X-rays, targeted at the tumour to damage or kill cancerous cells.

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 ScientificAmerican.com. Social Sciences Arts

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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.