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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.


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COVID Vaccine Makers Prepare for a Variant Worse than Delta

Scientific American

Companies are updating vaccines and testing them on people to prepare for whatever comes next in the pandemic. -- Read more on Health Vaccines

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How much less likely are you to spread covid-19 if you're vaccinated?

New Scientist

Vaccination still greatly reduces the risk of infecting others despite the arrival of the delta variant, recent studies show

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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.

Humidity controls frost pattern formation

Physics World

Frost forms different patterns as it spreads across a surface depending upon the level of humidity, a novel imaging technique has revealed. These patterns range from complete surface coverage to fractal geometries.

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High School Juniors Can Now Apply For 2022 Governor’s School For The Sciences

PA Environment Daily

On October 22, Department of Education Secretary Noe Ortega announced applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and encouraged eligible students to apply. The deadline to apply is January 31.

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Alton Gas project cancelled after years of strong Mi’kmaw opposition

Enviromental Defense

After over seven years of court hearings, arrests and strong resistance from the Mi’kmaw community, the controversial Alton Gas project has been cancelled ! This project would have used water from the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia to create large, underground storage caverns for natural gas.

Welcome to #BlackInPhysics week 2021

Physics World

In October 2020 Physics World took part in the first ever #BlackInPhysics week , an event dedicated to celebrating Black physicists and revealing a more complete picture of what physicists look like.

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The Venus's Flower Basket's Weird Fluid Dynamics Explained

Scientific American

A deep-sea sponge’s unique structure helps it eat and mate while reducing drag. -- Read more on Advances Biology Animals

2021 59

Precommitment Strategies to Avoid the Justice Worst Case in the Climate Worst Case

Environmental Law Prof Blog

Open-eyed assessment of the potential for and on-the-ground realities of 4 degrees of warming supports the implementation of extraordinary and immediate mitigation measures and portends that, even with such measures, climate impacts will strain adaptive capacity to the breaking point

2021 52

HotSpots H2O: Flooding Is Latest Strain on South Sudan

Circle of Blue

Torrential rainfall is battering one of the world’s poorest countries, laying bare its weak infrastructure. Flooding hits Bentiu, South Sudan in 2014. Photo © UN Photo/JC McIlwaine/Flickr Creative Commons. 700,000 people and counting have been affected by flooding in South Sudan.

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ASTRO convenes in-person conference for the cancer care community

Physics World

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) will once again welcome delegates to its annual meeting, which is due to take place in Chicago, IL, on 24–27 October 2021.

Chart of the WeekLonger Delivery Times Reflect Supply Chain Disruptions


By Parisa Kamali and Alex (Shiyao) Wang. Supply chain disruptions have become a major challenge for the global economy since the start of the pandemic.

2007 52

Date of the Vikings' First Atlantic Crossing Revealed by Rays from Space

Scientific American

By dating the remnants of trees felled in Newfoundland, scientists have determined that the Norse people likely first set foot in the Americas in the year A.D. 1021. -- Read more on Social Sciences Anthropology

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What’s Up With Water – October 25, 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.

2021 52

Magic smartphone trees: technology for a circular economy

Physics World

“How incredible would it be if a smartphone could be grown like an apple on a tree?” So ask physicist Chris Forman and science communicator Claire Asher in their new book Brave Green World: How Science Can Save Our Planet.

Ag & Food Law Daily Update: October 25, 2021

National Law Center

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

2021 52

Giant Lemurs Are the First Mammals (Besides Us) Found To Use Rhythm

Scientific American

Indris’ dramatic family ‘songs’ show repeatable timing patterns. -- Read more on Biology Animals Endangered Species

2021 52

Tiny Dung Beetle Ping-Pongs Up Termite Mound

PBS Nature

The post Tiny Dung Beetle Ping-Pongs Up Termite Mound appeared first on Nature. Uncategorized 40th season dung beetle Season 40 termite the elephant and the termite

2021 52

Burning back burnout

Physics World

Burnout is a multi-faceted phenomenon, and everyone’s experience of it is different. Remarkably, though, these unique experiences often get boiled down to similar descriptors: “I feel exhausted,” “I don’t feel like it,” or “This feels impossible.”

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Top Businesses Increasingly Set Net Zero Goals, Science-Based Targets

Environmental Leader

An EcoAct report shows more top companies are making net zero goals, with improvements still to be made in transparency and residual emissions. The post Top Businesses Increasingly Set Net Zero Goals, Science-Based Targets appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis: FAQs

Legal Planet

Cost-benefit analysis is required for all major regulations. It’s also highly controversial, as well as being a mysterious procedure unless you’re an economist.

Remembering the Great Auk

Academy of Natural Sciences

Many countries have erected memorials to commemorate the lives and violent deaths of their heroes. In the U.S.,

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All-optical processors could compute any linear transformation, machine learning reveals

Physics World

Researchers in the US have shown how all-optical processors could be used to carry out a range of linear mathematical transformations, including Fourier transforms.

2021 52

How Does The U.S EPA Report on Air Quality ?


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed two air quality Indexes for communicating air quality to the public, the U.S AQI and the Nowcast AQI. The Nowcast is used for all the AQI values reported on the airnow website). Understanding the US AQI Scale.

Earth911 Podcast: Forust Co-founder Ronald Rael on 3D-Printed Wood

Earth 911

Ronald Rael, co-founder of 3D-printed wood maker Forust and chair of the Architecture department at. The post Earth911 Podcast: Forust Co-founder Ronald Rael on 3D-Printed Wood appeared first on Earth911.

2021 52

Motivation and Drive are the Secret Ingredients 

Frontier Sin

Author: Leticia Nani Silva. Professor Ellen Blaak is the chair of the department of Human Biology at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and her research focuses on gut-adipose tissue-muscle metabolism.

AI can turn a collection of 2D images into an explorable 3D world

New Scientist

A neural network can turn a selection of photographs of a scene into a 3D world that can then be viewed from any angle, and could eventually be used in the movie industry

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COP26: Clean energy investments must triple by 2030 says IEA

A Greener Life

IEA’s Fatih Birol. By Anders Lorenzen. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has yet again warned that the energy transition to meet net-zero targets is not happening fast enough.

10 Green Apps To Help You Live More Sustainably

Earth 911

Most of us strive to use less energy, consume fewer unnecessary products, reduce our contribution. The post 10 Green Apps To Help You Live More Sustainably appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech Inspire & Motivate mobile apps Sustainability

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‘Smart bandage’ may help solve a major problem when treating chronic wounds

Frontier Sin

By Conn Hastings, Science writer. A person’s leg wrapped in bandage (not the smart bandage from this research). Image: Nutnaree Saingwongwattana/ Maintaining optimal moisture levels could be key in allowing chronic wounds to heal.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Will Face '29 Days on the Edge'

Scientific American

The observatory must complete about 50 major deployments after liftoff. -- Read more on Space & Physics Astronomy

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Plastic will destroy us in nine years


While most of us have been focusing on goals related to decreasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, a subset of scientists have been eying another villain. Now word from the Plastic Health Summit 2021 is that we have nine years to save the world from irreparable plastic-wrought damage