Meet the Other Social Influencers of the Animal Kingdom
by Natalie Angier on 2021-05-07 in Animal Behavior, Fish and Other Marine Life, Animals, Whales and Whaling, Monkeys and Apes, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals, Science (Journal), Zambia
Culture, once considered exclusive to humans, turns out to be widespread in nature.
A Giant Wood Moth Surfaced at an Australian School
by Maria Cramer on 2021-05-07 in Butterflies and Moths, Indigenous Australians, Museums, Australia, Queensland (Australia)
A giant wood moth, the heaviest of all known moths, appeared on the side of a school building in Queensland, Australia, enthralling students who are used to diverse wildlife.
Long March 5B, a Chinese Rocket, Expected to Tumble Back to Earth
by Steven Lee Myers and Kenneth Chang on 2021-05-07 in China, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Accidents and Safety, Space Stations, Aerospace Corp, International Relations
The chances of it hitting a populated area are small, but not zero. That has raised questions about how the country’s space program designs its missions.
Biden Promises to ‘Build Back Better.’ Some Climate Experts See Trouble.
by Christopher Flavelle on 2021-05-06 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Infrastructure (Public Works), Biden, Joseph R Jr, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, United States Politics and Government
Critics say the administration hasn’t defined a clear climate resilience strategy and has been slow to fill key jobs to coordinate that work.
Covid Pandemic Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care
by Reed Abelson on 2021-05-06 in Elder Care, Nursing Homes, Home Health Care, Elderly, Families and Family Life, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Medicaid, your-feed-healthcare
Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently.
Watch: SpaceX Launch and Landing of Starship SN15
by Kenneth Chang and Michael Roston on 2021-05-06 in Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Private Spaceflight, Space and Astronomy, Rocket Science and Propulsion
After a series of high-altitude test flights that ended in explosions, the new vehicle set down in one piece on a Texas launchpad.
Space Aged: Bottle of Wine From Space Station Could Sell for $1 Million
by Neil Vigdor on 2021-05-06 in Wines, Auctions, Space and Astronomy, Space Stations, International Space Station, Christie’s, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Wine Spectator (Magazine), Anson, Jane (Journalist), Bordeaux (France), France
The bottle of Pétrus from 2000 — which is being sold by Christie’s — comes with a second bottle of “terrestrial” wine, a custom trunk, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.
The Earliest Human Burial in Africa
by James Gorman on 2021-05-06 in Archaeology and Anthropology, Funerals and Memorials, Nature (Journal), Africa, Kenya, Research, your-feed-science
A child laid to rest 78,000 years ago yields clues to early human burials in East Africa.
Why Grumpy Dogs Outperform Friendly Ones on Some Learning Tests
by James Gorman on 2021-05-06 in Animal Cognition, Animal Behavior, Dogs, Oregon State University, University of Pennsylvania, Udell, Monique A R, Working Dog Center, your-feed-science, Budapest (Hungary)
Dogs that would not be the first choice of many pet owners do better than some of the more agreeable fellows when they have to learn from a stranger.
His Ship Vanished in the Arctic 176 Years Ago. DNA Has Offered a Clue.
by Bryan Pietsch on 2021-05-06 in Exploration and Explorers, University of Waterloo, Canada, Research, Franklin, John (1786-1847), Arctic Regions, Nunavut (Canada)
For the first time, researchers have identified the remains of a sailor from the doomed 1845 Franklin expedition of the fabled Northwest Passage.
Giant Bidens, Tiny Carters: A Look at Photographic Distortion
by Heather Murphy on 2021-05-05 in Photography, United States Politics and Government, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Carter, Jimmy, Carter, Rosalynn
A picture of two presidents and first ladies led to many Hobbit jokes online. We explain what happened.
Moderna Booster Effective Against Some Variants, Study Suggests
by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2021-05-05 in Vaccination and Immunization, Antibodies, Moderna Inc
A booster, administered six to eight months after the initial vaccination, increased the level of antibodies against variants first identified in South Africa and Brazil.
Pfizer Vaccine Is Highly Effective Against Variants, Studies Find
by Emily Anthes on 2021-05-05 in your-feed-science, Disease Rates, Vaccination and Immunization, Lancet, The (Journal), New England Journal of Medicine, Israel, Qatar, your-feed-health, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Pfizer Inc
Two studies showed the vaccine to be more than 95 percent effective at protecting against severe disease or death from the variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K.
CureVac Covid Vaccine Could Bring Hope to the Unvaccinated World
by Carl Zimmer on 2021-05-05 in Clinical Trials, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), RNA (Ribonucleic Acid), Germany, your-feed-healthcare
The German company CureVac hopes its RNA vaccine will rival those made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. It could be ready next month.
E.P.A. to Sharply Limit Powerful Greenhouse Gases
by Lisa Friedman on 2021-05-05 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Politics and Government, Air Pollution, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Air Conditioning, Hydrofluorocarbons, Environmental Protection Agency
The Biden administration is moving quickly to limit hydrofluorocarbons, the Earth-warming chemicals used in air-conditioning and refrigeration.
Bidding Opens for a Seat on Blue Origin’s First Passenger Space Flight
by Marie Fazio on 2021-05-05 in Blue Origin, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Private Spaceflight, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Space and Astronomy, Auctions, Travel and Vacations
Blue Origin has teased space tourism for years. Its first flight with people on board launches July 20.
Flat Pasta That Turns Into 3-D Shapes — Just Add Boiling Water
by Marion Renault on 2021-05-05 in Pasta, Cooking and Cookbooks, Engineering and Engineers, 3-D Devices and Effects, Science Advances (Journal), Research, your-feed-science
The engineers are in the kitchen, again.
Mozambique Mints a New National Park — and Surveys Its Riches
by Jen Guyton on 2021-05-05 in Mozambique, Conservation of Resources, Birds, Biodiversity, Wilderness Areas, Travel and Vacations, National Parks, Monuments and Seashores
In the wake of wars, natural disasters and insurgencies, Mozambique is experiencing an environmental renaissance. One of the results is a new and stunningly beautiful national park.
Emissions Cuts Could Drop the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans by Half
by Henry Fountain on 2021-05-05 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ice, Oceans and Seas
A new study said that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce sea level rise from melting ice sheets from about 10 inches to about five by 2100.
Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2021: When to Watch
by Nicholas St. Fleur on 2021-05-05 in Meteors and Meteorites, Content Type: Service
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.
A New, Deadly Risk for Cities in Summer: Power Failures During Heat Waves
by Christopher Flavelle on 2021-05-05 in Power Failures and Blackouts, Environmental Science & Technology (Journal), Research, Disasters and Emergencies, Heatstroke, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Global Warming, Air Conditioning, Urban Areas, Atlanta (Ga), Detroit (Mich), Phoenix (Ariz), Stone, Brian Jr (1970- )
The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”
Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change
by Somini Sengupta on 2021-05-04 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Third World and Developing Countries, Inventions and Patents
The gap between rich and poor countries on vaccinations highlights the failure of richer nations to see it in their self-interest to urgently help poorer ones fight a shared crisis.
Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test
by Denise Gellene on 2021-05-04 in Deaths (Obituaries), Chemistry, Diabetes, Tests (Medical), Free, Helen Murray (1923-2021), American Chemical Society, Miles Laboratories Inc, Bayer AG
She and her husband invented a dip-and-read paper strip that greatly simplified the diagnosis of the disease and paved the way for home test kits.
Life and Death on Stromboli Volcano, Lighthouse of the Mediterranean
by Gaia Squarci and Robin George Andrews on 2021-05-04 in Stromboli (Italy), Italy, Volcanoes, Mediterranean Sea, Nature Communications (Journal), Research, Travel and Vacations, your-feed-science, your-feed-photojournalism
Stromboli’s volcano is always active, always at the brink of devastating paroxysms. For those who visit the island as tourists or scientists, it is a spectacle like no other.
MDMA Reaches Next Step Toward Approval for Treatment
by Rachel Nuwer on 2021-05-03 in Ecstasy (Drug), Clinical Trials, Mental Health and Disorders, Veterans, Therapy and Rehabilitation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression (Mental), Food and Drug Administration, Doblin, Richard (1953- ), Shulgin, Alexander (1925-2014), Nature Medicine (Journal)
A new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.