Biden Administration Plans New Regulations for Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
by Lisa Friedman on 2021-10-18 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Water Pollution, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Chemicals, American Chemistry Council, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemours Company, Regan, Michael S (1976- ), North Carolina
Michael Regan, the E.P.A. administrator, wants to limit a class of chemicals that has been linked to cancer and is found in everything from drinking water to furniture.
NASA’s Lucy Launches on 12-Year Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids
by Joey Roulette on 2021-10-18 in Space and Astronomy, Jupiter (Planet), Asteroids, Solar System, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The elaborate journey of the robotic spacecraft will offer close encounters with some of the solar system’s least understood objects.
How a Nuclear Bomb Could Save Earth From a Stealthy Asteroid
by Robin George Andrews on 2021-10-18 in Asteroids, Nuclear Weapons, Bombs and Explosives, Space and Astronomy, Acta Astronautica, Research
An atomic blast is not the preferred solution for planetary defense, but 3-D models are helping scientists prepare for a worst-case scenario.
Nuclear Fusion Edges Toward the Mainstream
by Stanley Reed on 2021-10-18 in Venture Capital, Innovation, Magnets and Magnetism, Fusion (Nuclear Reaction), Start-ups, Commonwealth Fusion Systems LLC, Khosla Ventures, Great Britain, Tokamak Energy
Long-shot money is flowing into start-ups that seek the energy of the stars. Driving the investments is a rising alarm about global warming.
Anni Bergman, Therapist Who Listened to Children, Dies at 102
by Penelope Green on 2021-10-18 in Bergman, Anni (1919-2021), Deaths (Obituaries), Psychology and Psychologists, Children and Childhood, Parenting, Autism, Fifty Shrinks (Book)
She was part of a groundbreaking study that observed how very young children separated from their mothers. Late in life, she became a photographer’s muse.
Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?
by Stephanie Nolen on 2021-10-17 in Molnupiravir (Drug), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Merck & Company Inc, Africa, India
Merck has taken a step to make its antiviral pill available in poor nations, but many obstacles remain for broad access to coronavirus drugs.
As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can’t Hold Back Floods
by Christopher Flavelle and Erin Schaff on 2021-10-17 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Floods, Rivers, Rain, Coal, Manchin, Joe III, West Virginia, American Families Plan (2021), Senate
As the senator thwarts Democrats’ major push to reduce warming, new data shows West Virginia is more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.
Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Like to Be Cut Because of Manchin
by Coral Davenport on 2021-10-17 in Electric Light and Power, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Democratic Party, House of Representatives, Senate, Manchin, Joe III, Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Coal, Carbon Dioxide, West Virginia, American Families Plan (2021)
The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president’s plan to battle climate change.
Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision
by Coral Davenport and Luke Broadwater on 2021-10-17 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Caps and Emissions Trading Programs, Electric Light and Power, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Democratic Party, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Manchin, Joe III, House of Representatives, Senate, United States Politics and Government, American Families Plan (2021)
Faced with the likely demise of a central pillar of President Biden’s agenda, the White House and outraged lawmakers are scrambling to find alternatives.
Russian Film Crew Wraps Space Station Shoot and Returns to Earth
by Joey Roulette on 2021-10-17 in Peresild, Yulia, Shipenko, Klim, International Space Station, The Challenge (Movie), Russia, Movies, Soyuz Project, Roscosmos, Space and Astronomy
A Russian actress and film director landed near Russia’s spaceflight base in Kazakhstan after 12 days in orbit.
Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
by David W. Brown on 2021-10-16 in Lucy, Asteroids, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Rocket Science and Propulsion, , Solar System, Planets, Space and Astronomy, Research
In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current orbits.
To Learn Bees’ Secrets, Count Them One by One
by Oliver Whang on 2021-10-16 in your-feed-science, Bees, Research, Wetlands, New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, McCarthy, Max W, Flowers and Plants, Global Warming
The decline of bee populations is a looming crisis, but there is a dearth of scientific data. Hyperlocal researchers, with nets and notebooks, could be key.
Dr. Eric Cassell, Bioethicist Who Put the Patient First, Dies at 93
by Sam Roberts on 2021-10-16 in Cassell, Eric, Deaths (Obituaries), Doctors, Ethics and Official Misconduct, Death and Dying, Palliative Care, Hastings Center, Weill Cornell Medical College
A professor and prolific author, he cautioned that doctors too often focus on the disease instead of the overall well-being of the sufferer.
Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait
by Paula Span on 2021-10-16 in your-feed-science, Hospice Care, Nursing and Nurses, Shortages, Elder Care, Death and Dying, Labor and Jobs, Home Health Care, Elderly, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, your-feed-health
“It causes huge distress to tell a family, ‘We can’t serve you,’” said one state hospice organization director.
Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline
by Coral Davenport on 2021-10-16 in Wind Power, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Electric Light and Power, Interior Department, Haaland, Deb, United States, United States Politics and Government
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.
F.D.A. Panel Unanimously Recommends Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots
by Sharon LaFraniere, Noah Weiland and Carl Zimmer on 2021-10-16 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry
But many panel members said J. & J. recipients might also benefit from the option of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster, an action that an F.D.A. official said was possible.
Space Station Emergency Prompted by Russian Thruster Firing
by Joey Roulette on 2021-10-15 in International Space Station, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Roscosmos, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Russia
While the astronauts were said to not be in any danger, it was the second such incident since July.
What the Future May Hold for the Coronavirus and Us
by Emily Anthes on 2021-10-15 in your-feed-science, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Coronavirus Delta Variant, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Viruses, Immune System, Vaccination and Immunization, Antibodies, Influenza, your-feed-health, audio-neutral-informative
Viral evolution is a long game. Here’s where scientists think we could be headed.
Newly Discovered Bat Viruses Give Hints to Covid’s Origins
by Carl Zimmer on 2021-10-15 in Bats, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Viruses, Research, your-feed-science, Laos, Southeast Asia
Coronaviruses discovered in Laotian bats are surprisingly adept at infecting human cells, showing that such deadly features can indeed evolve outside of a lab.
Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken Without Her Consent, Is Honored by W.H.O.
by Maria Cramer on 2021-10-15 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Cervical Cancer, Cervix, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Md), Geneva (Switzerland), Lacks, Henrietta, Skloot, Rebecca, Swaminathan, Soumya (1959- ), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
In a ceremony in Geneva, the World Health Organization presented an award to the family of Ms. Lacks, whose cancer cells led to world-changing advances in medical and scientific research.
Data From Federal Scientists Raise Questions About J.&J. Booster Shots
by Carl Zimmer and Noah Weiland on 2021-10-15 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Clinical Trials, Research, Food and Drug Administration, United States Politics and Government, National Institutes of Health, your-feed-healthcare
People who have received the company’s one-shot vaccine may benefit from a booster with another brand. F.D.A. advisers will discuss the data on Friday.
Should Passengers Be Vaccinated or Tested to Fly Within the U.S.?
by Heather Murphy on 2021-10-14 in Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Masks, Coronavirus Delta Variant, Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters, Travel and Vacations, Airlines and Airplanes, Airports, Airlines for America, Hawaiian Airlines Incorporated, Content Type: Service
Numerous airline executives say no, but a growing number of politicians and medical experts say it is worth following Canada’s lead before holiday travel commences.
‘Lurching Between Crisis and Complacency’: Was This Our Last Covid Surge?
by Emily Anthes on 2021-10-14 in your-feed-science, Coronavirus Delta Variant, Disease Rates, Vaccination and Immunization, Quarantine (Life and Culture), your-feed-health, United States
Rising immunity and modest changes in behavior may explain why cases are declining, but much remains unknown, scientists say.
How Hungry Sea Otters Affect the Sex Lives of Sea Grass
by Lesley Evans Ogden on 2021-10-14 in Sea Otters, Flowers and Plants, Animal Behavior, Genetics and Heredity, Fish and Other Marine Life, British Columbia (Canada), Science (Journal), Research, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals
A habit that appeared damaging at first glance seems to make oceanic ecosystems more resilient, scientists found.
Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots
by Jan Hoffman on 2021-10-14 in your-feed-science, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus Delta Variant, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Doctors, your-feed-healthcare, United States
The number of eligible people still weighing whether to get a Covid vaccine has sharply dwindled, leaving an unvaccinated population that is mostly hard-core refusers.