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Whether in salsa, salad or just because they taste good, tomatoes are valuable. Even more so if you lose one in outer space. Live Science has more on the foodie space mystery that began eight months ago when a tomato floated away from the International Space Station. https://flip.it/1WxAHZ
#Science #Space #Food #ISS #NASA #Tomatoes
How is climate change affecting people's health?
Context has curated this collection of stories about the effects of climate change on human health — from air pollution to disease outbreaks linked to extreme weather such as floods.
Asteroid will pass in front of bright star Betelgeuse to produce a rare eclipse visible to millions.
AP reports: "The rare and fleeting spectacle, late Monday into early Tuesday, should be visible to millions of people along a narrow path stretching from central Asia’s Tajikistan and Armenia, across Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain, to Miami and the Florida Keys and finally, to parts of Mexico."
A fight over the future of fossil fuels has been thrust into the global spotlight at the COP28 climate summit.
CNBC reports: "Many gathering in Dubai believe the talks can only be considered a success if they result in a deal to “phase out” all fossil fuels."
Scientists discover star system so perfect that it seems like art.
Futurism reports: https://flip.it/AKmalZ
And the original study from Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-023-06692-3
7 food and agriculture innovations needed to protect the climate and feed a rapidly growing world.
@TheConversationUS reports: "More than 130 countries signed a declaration on Dec. 1, committing to make their food systems – everything from production to consumption – a focal point in national strategies to address climate change."
The U.S. military's elusive X-37B space plane has postponed its next launch to Dec. 10. X-37B will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), in Florida. From Live Science, here’s why the secretive spacecraft is likely launching farther than ever before. https://flip.it/tTFOOL
#Science #Space #SpaceX #X37B
The ghostly object that first appeared in ground-based telescopes before completely vanishing has returned. This time as a faint, yet distinct galaxy in an image from the James Webb Space Telescope. "This thing is a real monster," said Jed McKinney, a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Texas at Austin. Phys.org has more: https://flip.it/.CtHdG
#Science #Space #Galaxy #JWST
A new study in mice found limited intake of one particular essential amino acid slowed the impacts of aging and even lengthened their lifespan. Could these findings help people improve their quality of life and longevity? Science Alert reports: https://flip.it/4DYT-L
#Science #Health #Longevity #Humans
Scientists in South Africa have rediscovered 11 De Winton's golden moles, which haven't been seen since 1936.
@NPR reports: "How does one go about finding a seemingly extinct, sand-dwelling mole that hasn't been seen in nearly 90 years? With the help of a dog and DNA, of course!"
Neanderthals: More knowable now than ever.
@KnowableMag reports: "They have held our fascination ever since we first identified their remains. Today, thanks to new artifacts and technologies, findings about our closest relatives are coming thick and fast."
The unlikely love story of an endangered tree and the little bird who eats its seeds.
The Narwhal reports: "The balance of an ecosystem hangs on the survival of a scraggly mountain tree. In northwest British Columbia, ecologists are facing climate change, droughts and wildfires as they work to protect whitebark pine and the species that rely on it."
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most geologically active areas of the United States, known for hot springs and geysers as well as a history of volcanic activity. Researchers using lidar technology, which can map the ground underneath the park’s foliage, are now shedding light on the visible scars made by prehistoric landslides and earthquakes as well as gauging future risks to the area. Read more from CBS News.
As Dubai prepares for COP28, some world leaders signal they won’t attend the climate talks.
AP reports: "The two-week meeting of international leaders aims to assess where the world stands when it comes to limiting emissions to slow global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times."
From Science Alert: Flicking the switch on any kind of electrical device triggers a marching band of charged particles stepping to the beat of the circuit's voltage. But a new discovery in exotic materials has found electricity doesn't always move in step, and can in fact sometimes bleed in a way that has physicists questioning what we know about the nature of particles. https://flip.it/_jI7zb
#Science #Electricity #ExoticMetals
More than 400 million Urinary Tract Infections occur each year, and yet, as Dr. Jennifer Rohn points out, little progress has been made in treating UTIs. “I think it’s a problem because this is primarily a disease of women,” Rohn recently said in a speech. Teen Vogue has more: https://flip.it/tojPCv
#Science #Health #Medicine
Since 1980, more than 40,000 scientific publications have been retracted due to errors, outdated knowledge or outright fraudulence. Yet these zombie publications continue to be cited and used, unwittingly, to support new arguments. Writing for The Hill, Jodi Schneider explains how to stop their spread. https://flip.it/9QiK4k
#Science #Studies #ScientificResearch
You may have seen how volcano eruptions are depicted in cartoons, with red-hot lava shooting straight up in the sky before cascading down the slopes of the mountain. It’s called volcanic fountaining, and it does occur in real life, as the 2021 eruption of Fagradalsfjall in Iceland displayed. A team of Earth scientists, meteorologists, geologists and volcanologists might have found the answer to why this happens. Phys.org explains: https://flip.it/3yZCSA
#Science #Volcano #Earth
The dancing monkeys found in places around the Middle East are known for the cute and humorous ways they move around. It doesn’t come naturally. They were trained to do that. And researchers wondered what impact such activities have on the monkeys. Phys.org tells us what they found: https://flip.it/gXBtF5
#Science #Monkeys #Primates