Japan’s Monkey Queen Faces Challenge to Her Reign: Mating Season
by Annie Roth on 2022-01-21 in Monkeys and Apes, Reproduction (Biological), Animal Behavior, Japan, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals
Yakei became a rare alpha female of a macaque troop in a nature reserve, but a kind of simian love triangle may endanger her grip on power.
Jonathan Pershing to Leave Job as Climate Diplomat
by Lisa Friedman on 2022-01-21 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, International Relations, Kerry, John
Jonathan Pershing, a veteran diplomat, worked to reassert the U.S. role in global negotiations. He said he was optimistic that the world will avert climate catastrophe.
Here’s What Scientists Know About the Tonga Volcano Eruption
by Henry Fountain on 2022-01-21 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Tonga, Volcanoes
The explosion probably won’t cool the planet as some previous eruptions have done, but it could affect weather in the short term.
After Tonga’s Volcano Eruption, Worries Grow About Covid Exposure
by Damien Cave, Isabella Kwai and Eric Nagourney on 2022-01-21 in Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Volcanoes, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand
Aid workers risk bringing in a virus Tonga has so far kept out. But there are more immediate problems, as its government confirmed in its first statement since the disaster.
New Research Shows How Health Risks to Children Mount as Temperatures Rise
by Winston Choi-Schagrin on 2022-01-21 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Children and Childhood, Research, Emergency Medical Treatment, Heat and Heat Waves, Environmental Health Perspectives (Journal)
The first nationwide study on rising temperatures and younger Americans found that hotter days were associated with more visits to emergency rooms.
Their DNA Hides a Warning, but They Don’t Want to Know What It Says
by Gina Kolata on 2022-01-21 in Genetics and Heredity, Privacy, Ethics and Official Misconduct, Research, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Tests (Medical)
Some volunteers for biobanks, which collect genetic information to study health across populations, have been surprised to be informed they carry risky mutations.
China Holds the Line on ‘Zero Covid,’ but Some Wonder for How Long
by Amy Qin and Amy Chang Chien on 2022-01-21 in China, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Coronavirus Omicron Variant, Quarantines, Shanghai (China), Shaanxi Province (China), Politics and Government, Xi’an (China), Tianjin (China)
More people are being caught up in the country’s virus-control dragnet. Some think the no-tolerance policy is unsustainable.
U.S. Drops Its Case Against M.I.T. Scientist Accused of Hiding China Links
by Ellen Barry and Katie Benner on 2022-01-21 in Chen, Gang (1964- ), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Colleges and Universities, Science and Technology, Industrial Espionage, Intellectual Property, Research, China, Politics and Government, Justice Department, United States Politics and Government
Gang Chen, a professor of mechanical engineering, was arrested a year ago, accused of concealing his affiliations with Chinese government institutions.
‘Build Back Better’ Hit a Wall, but Climate Action Could Move Forward
by Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman on 2022-01-20 in Senate, Democratic Party, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Law and Legislation, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions, Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government
Some Democrats want to forge ahead with a stand-alone climate bill, but their solution could mean abandoning other parts of President Biden’s agenda.
Sprawling Coral Reef Resembling Roses Is Discovered Off Tahiti
by Neil Vigdor on 2022-01-20 in Reefs, Coral, Tahiti, Oceans and Seas, Conservation of Resources, Fish and Other Marine Life, Algae, Endangered and Extinct Species, Global Warming, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The reef, which is just under two miles long and is in “pristine” condition, was found by a team of divers mapping the ocean floor for UNESCO.
How Anxiety Can Benefit Us
by Christina Caron on 2022-01-20 in Anxiety and Stress, Content Type: Service, Psychology and Psychologists, Fear (Emotion), audio-neutral-informative
There are several benefits to having an internal alarm system, experts say.
Deborah Nickerson, Pioneering Genome Researcher, Dies at 67
by Richard Sandomir on 2022-01-20 in Nickerson, Deborah (1954-2021), Genetics and Heredity, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Deaths (Obituaries), Human Genome Project, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, University of Washington
Using the Human Genome Project as her guide, she helped find genes responsible for cardiovascular disease, autism and a rare disorder called Miller syndrome.
Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, C.I.A. Says
by Julian E. Barnes on 2022-01-20 in Havana Syndrome, Central Intelligence Agency, Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates, Microwaves (Electromagnetic Waves), Espionage and Intelligence Services, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Burns, William J
A report concluded that most cases have environmental or medical causes, but the government remains focused on investigating two dozen incidents that remain unexplained.
Sometimes, Life Stinks. So He Invented the Nasal Ranger.
by Winston Choi-Schagrin on 2022-01-20 in Smell (Olfaction), Smells and Odors, McGinley, Chuck (1945- ), Inventions and Patents, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Content Type: Personal Profile, Environmental Protection Agency, audio-positive-escape, audio-neutral-immersive, audio-neutral-informative
For Chuck McGinley, an engineer who devised the go-to instrument for measuring odors, helping people understand what they smell is serious science.
Why Whales Don’t Choke
by Sam Jones on 2022-01-20 in Whales and Whaling, Animal Behavior, Respiratory System, Throat, Anatomy and Physiology, Research, Current Biology (Journal), your-feed-science, your-feed-animals
Scientists have discovered a new anatomical structure that allows lunge-feeding whales to take in massive amounts of water without choking.
Kidneys From a Genetically Altered Pig Are Implanted in a Brain-Dead Patient
by Roni Caryn Rabin on 2022-01-20 in your-feed-science, Kidneys, Transplants, Pigs, Surgery and Surgeons, Genetic Engineering, American Journal of Transplantation, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Surgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said they hoped to start clinical trials with kidney patients later this year.
Predictions Favored Solar Over Wind Power. What Happened?
by Lois Parshley on 2022-01-20 in Solar Energy, Wind Power, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Energy and Power, United States Politics and Government, internal-open-access
One lesson: Renewable technology benefits from early, consistent government support.
A New Map of the Sun’s Local Bubble
by Dennis Overbye on 2022-01-20 in Milky Way Galaxy, Sun, Solar System, Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Research, Nature (Journal), your-feed-science, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
At the edge of a vast region devoid of gas and dust, scientists find an explanation for “how all nearby star formation began.”
Sara McLanahan, Who Studied Single Motherhood, Dies at 81
by Annabelle Williams on 2022-01-20 in Parenting, Single Mothers, Research, Deaths (Obituaries), Single Parents, McLanahan, Sara F (1940-2021), Children and Childhood, Sociology, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin
A Princeton sociologist and a single mother herself, she brought her own experience to her wide body of scholarly work.
Searching for Pfizer’s Paxlovid Pills When Mom Got Covid
by Rebecca Robbins on 2022-01-20 in Coronavirus Omicron Variant, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Paxlovid (Drug), Telemedicine, Molnupiravir (Drug), Drugstores, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals)
The experience showed how hard it is for many people to get potentially lifesaving treatments.
Why Are Men More Likely to Die of Covid? It’s Complicated.
by Azeen Ghorayshi on 2022-01-19 in Chronic Condition (Health), Men and Boys, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Women and Girls, Deaths (Fatalities), Research, States (US), your-feed-science, your-feed-healthcare
Sex differences in Covid death rates vary widely from state to state, suggesting they are rooted in behavior as well as biology.
Biden Administration Announces Plan to Spend Billions to Prevent Wildfires
by Alyssa Lukpat on 2022-01-19 in Wildfires, Forests and Forestry, Forest Service, Agriculture Department, Global Warming, Western States (US), Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government
The plan is an expensive one, but it is only partially funded.
In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge
by Emily Anthes and Sabrina Imbler on 2022-01-19 in Sewers and Sewage, Coronavirus Omicron Variant, Waste Materials and Disposal, Houston (Tex), Missouri, New York City, United States, your-feed-science, your-feed-health
Tracking the virus in wastewater is helping some cities and hospitals respond to the most recent wave of the coronavirus, but a more coordinated national effort is needed, experts say.
Howard Solomon, 94, Dies; His Business Success Had a Personal Connection
by Richard Sandomir on 2022-01-18 in Solomon, Howard (1927-2022), Deaths (Obituaries), Forest Laboratories Inc, Solomon, Andrew (1963- ), Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Antidepressants, Depression (Mental), Celexa (Drug)
After one of his sons fell into a deep depression, he helped him recover. He later licensed an antidepressant that was a boon to his pharmaceutical company.
In Arkansas, Trans Teens Await an Uncertain Future
by Sabrina Imbler on 2022-01-18 in Transgender and Transsexuals, Arkansas, Discrimination, Teenagers and Adolescence, Law and Legislation, Estrogen, Hormones, Depression (Mental), Anxiety and Stress, Mental Health and Disorders, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Civil Liberties Union, your-feed-science, your-feed-health, Youth
Even as the medical community grapples with how best to provide care to transgender adolescents, some states seek to ban it outright.