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- Big companies commit to slash emissions ahead of U.N. climate summit
Almost 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications are pledging to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future, organizers said on Sunday. “Now we need many more companies to join the movement, sending a clear signal that markets are shifting,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. The coalition was launched in June with a call to action by the United Nations, business and civil society leaders.
- The 360: Will giving up meat really help you save the planet?
- Environmental activists pluck plastic from world's beaches on mass cleanup day
Thousands of volunteers wielding nets and bin bags scoured coasts, parks and riverbanks across the globe Saturday, in a litter-picking drive highlighting the vast quantity of trash dumped worldwide, a day after mass international climate protests. Campaigners took part in World Cleanup Day from Manila to the Mediterranean, as hundreds of thousands of people across the world take part in demonstrations and activities calling for urgent action on the environment. Young people have been at the forefront of the movement, with masses of children skipping school on Friday for a global climate strike, which teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning".
- The US government warns people against using conditioner after a nuclear explosion. It could trap radiation in your hair.
- 130 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses. Experts are asking why a lifesaving treatment isn't widely available without a prescription.
- The Fermi Paradox asks why we haven't found any evidence of aliens. Here are 13 potential answers to that question.
- It’s High Time Someone Studied Marijuana Taxes—So We Did
- Before Area 51, the US' first 'UFO' controversy uncovered a top-secret military project
- Can you get cancer from tap water? New study says even 'safe' drinking water poses risk
- 'Largest polar expedition in history' to probe Arctic climate
A team of scientists from 19 countries will set off for the Arctic on Friday, aiming to freeze their ship into the polar ice for a year to research the changing climate. The 140 million-euro ($155 million) mission will study the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, ecosystem and natural processes -- looking to build a picture of how climate change is affecting the region and the entire world. "No other region of the world has warmed as quickly as the Arctic in the past decades," mission leader and atmospheric scientist Markus Rex said on the "Mosaic" (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) website.
- 'Mudlarks' unearth the past on London's riverbanks
Treading her way along the muddy banks of the River Thames, Lara Maiklem spots a 16th-century clothespin which she wipes and adds to a row of others puncturing her coat pocket. "Mudlarks" have scoured the foreshores of London's rivers for centuries, searching out lost or discarded items to sell, and the tradition lives on today in a small band of devotees. "These little snapshots of everyday London life, that you find coming out of the mud, every tide -- it's like a giant history book," said Maiklem, who works in the publishing industry.
- Chernobyl's 'sarcophagus' is getting dismantled because it's teetering on collapse. Photos reveal the structure's rise and fall.
- How 16-year-old Greta Thunberg became the face of climate-change activism
- Vitamin D deficiency linked with increased risk of death, particularly from diabetes: study
New European research has found that individuals with low levels of vitamin D may have a higher risk of an early death, particularly if they have diabetes. Carried out by researchers at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, the new study looked at data gathered from 78,581 patients with an average age of 51 who had blood tests taken to measure the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25D), more commonly known as vitamin D. A vitamin D level of 50 nmol/L, which is the commonly used cut-off value for vitamin D deficiency, was used in the study as a reference value for comparing other vitamin D levels.
- San Francisco's dirtiest street has an outdoor drug market, discarded heroin needles, and piles of poop on the sidewalk
- There are 3 billion fewer birds in North America than there were in 1970
- The mysterious spate of vape-related deaths and illnesses continues to grow, confounding experts. Here's what officials knew and when.
- North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds in the last 50 years — another sign that we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction
- Officials just confirmed 7 deaths and 530 cases of serious lung disease tied to vaping. Here are all the health risks you should know about.
- U.S. Cities Among the Most Surveilled in the World: Study
- New study links anemia in early pregnancy to higher autism risk in children
New European research has found that women who suffer from anemia in early pregnancy, a condition which is usually more common in late pregnancy, may give birth to children who have a higher risk of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Carried out by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, the new study looked at 532,232 Swedish children and their 299,768 mothers to look at what effect the timing of an anemia diagnosis during pregnancy had on the fetus's neurodevelopment.
- Post-menopausal women should monitor their cholesterol levels says new study
Australian researchers are advising post-menopausal women to keep an eye on their cholesterol, after finding that levels appear to increase after menopause. Carried out by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU), the new study analyzed 66 studies which looked at cholesterol levels of 68,394 pre-menopausal women and 46,261 post-menopausal, a total of 114,655 participants. The findings, published in the journal Menopause, showed that post-menopausal women had significantly higher cholesterol levels than pre-menopausal women, including triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol which helps transport fat molecules around the body.
- Something killed 121 gray whales this summer. Scientists are scrambling to find out what
- This neutron star is 'almost too massive to exist,' Astronomers say in new study
- US abortion rate is at its lowest, but restrictive laws aren't the likely cause, study says
- A lost 8th continent is hidden nearly 1,000 miles under Europe, new research shows. Scientists named it 'Greater Adria.'
- One in 16 American women forced into first sexual encounter: study
One in 16 American women were either forced or coerced into their first sexual encounter, according to a study investigating the long-term negative impacts of such "trauma" on women's health. In the US, "the #MeToo movement has highlighted how frequently women experience sexual violence," the researchers wrote in the introduction. Published Monday in the American Medical Association's peer-reviewed journal (JAMA Internal Medicine), the study is based on a sample of more than 13,000 women aged 18 to 44, who were interviewed as part of a survey conducted between 2011 and 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study
Black carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday. The concentration of particles was highest in the placentas of women most exposed to airborn pollutants in their daily life, according to a study in Nature Communications. "Our study provides compelling evidence for the presence of black carbon particles originating from air pollution in human placenta," the authors said.
- Space Talent puts jobs at Blue Origin, SpaceX and elsewhere in one big database
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture and Elon Musk's SpaceX are often at odds, but there's at least one place where those two space-industry rivals are on the same page: the newly unveiled Space Talent job database. The search engine for careers in the space industry is a project of Space Angels, a nationwide network designed to link angel investors with space entrepreneurs. "If you've ever considered working in space, this jobs board has 3,000 reasons to make the leap," Space Angels CEO Chad Anderson said in a tweet. The database aggregates job postings from Blue Origin and SpaceX as… Read More
- Kanye West tried to build 'Star Wars'-inspired domes for the homeless, but LA officials just forced him to tear them down
- A gas explosion ripped through a Russian lab storing deadly diseases like smallpox, anthrax, and Ebola
- New study finds that a vegan diet could boost gut microbes related to body weight and blood sugar control
A new small-scale study has found evidence to suggest that following a vegan diet could boost levels of the microbes in our gut, which are related to improvements in body weight, body composition and blood sugar control. The participants were randomly placed into two groups, with 73 told to follow a low-fat vegan diet for 16 weeks, while the remaining 74 were told to make no changes to their diet. At the beginning of the study and at the end of the 16 weeks, the researchers assessed the gut microbiota composition, body composition, and insulin sensitivity.
- Scientists slash the upper limit for the neutrino’s mysterious mass in half
Scientists from the University of Washington and other institutions around the world say they've reduced the upper limit for the mass of the neutrino by half. Thanks to findings from the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment, or KATRIN, physicists now know to a 90% confidence level that the neutrino has a rest mass no greater than 1.1 electron volts, or 1.1 eV. The previous upper limit was 2 eV. Nailing down the neutrino's mass could solidify scientists' grasp on the Standard Model, which describes the subatomic world in fine detail. It could also open a path to the mysterious realm beyond… Read More
- SpaceX wants to rearrange its Starlink satellites for faster broadband ramp-up
SpaceX is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission for changes in the spacing of its Starlink broadband satellites, in order to extend internet services to a wider swath of the United States on a faster timetable. "This adjustment will accelerate coverage to southern states and U.S. territories, potentially expediting coverage to the southern continental United States by the end of the next hurricane season and reaching other U.S. territories by the following hurricane season," SpaceX said in an application filed on Aug. 30 and accepted last week. If SpaceX follows that schedule, Starlink coverage could be available throughout the… Read More
- Haunting photos reveal what nuclear-disaster ghost towns look like years after being abandoned
- A new image of a mysterious object careening toward our solar system strongly suggests it's the first comet from another star system
- Brad Pitt coaxes a thumbs-up for his ‘Ad Astra’ movie in hookup with space station
Imagine the taglines in the movie ads: "Really good" portrayal of zero-gravity! "Absolutely" better than George Clooney! There'd be some justification for Brad Pitt's space movie, "Ad Astra," to use those lines after today's Earth-to-space video call between the A-list Hollywood star and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who's finishing up a six-month tour of duty on the International Space Station. Pitt said the linkup, arranged through NASA, was a "real treat." And he didn't waste any time getting a film review from Hague, who watched an advance screening of "Ad Astra" with his crewmates on the station. "Now that I… Read More
- Study: Drug Dealers Slinging Steroids on Social Media
- Ocean heatwave known as 'The Blob' is warming up the West Coast – and endangering animals
- SESAME synchrotron sheds new light on Middle Eastern science, history and politics
GeekWire's Alan Boyle reports on a $90 million science project with a diplomatic twist in Jordan, one of the stops on this summer's Middle East science tour. ALLAN, Jordan — For Israeli researchers, SESAME could open up a path for finding out exactly what the frankincense mentioned in the Bible was made of. For Arab researchers, SESAME could reveal how the awe-inspiring structures built thousands of years ago at Jordan's Petra archaeological site were decorated. And what's nearly as awesome as the potential discoveries is the fact that Israelis and Arabs are working together at SESAME to make them. So… Read More
- How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: Getting the Atomic Bomb First?
- In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction
- The Most Influential Scientist You May Never Have Heard Of
- Is Juul Making It Easy for Kids to Vape in School? New Study Suggests Yes
- Speaking four or more languages could reduce the risk of dementia finds new study
New Canadian research has found that having a strong ability for learning languages may help to reduce an individual's risk of developing dementia. Carried out by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the new study looked at 325 Roman Catholic nuns in the United States who were taking part in the larger, internationally recognized Nun Study, which is a longitudinal study of religious sisters aged 75 and over. The findings, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, showed that just six percent of the nuns who spoke four or more languages developed dementia, compared to 31 percent of those who only spoke one language.
- One fifth of injured US cyclists were not wearing a helmet finds new study
A new large-scale US study has found that around one in five cyclists who are injured while on their bike are not wearing a helmet, with men and ethnic minorities the least likely to wear a cycle helmet to protect themselves. Led by researchers at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the new study looked at data from the 2002-2012 National Trauma Data Bank, which included information on 76,032 bicyclists (81.1 percent of whom were male and 18.9 percent female) with head or neck injury. The researchers found that of these cyclists, only 22 percent of adults wore a helmet.
- America Might Soon Have a New Way To Kill Russian or North Korean ICBMs
- Could drinking tea boost brain health?
New research has found, for the first time, evidence to suggest that drinking tea could have a positive effect on the structure of the brain, possibly helping to protect against cognitive decline as we age. The participants were classified into two groups according to how much they drank green tea, oolong tea, and black tea around age 45 and now. All participants underwent neuropsychological tests and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure their cognitive functioning and look at their brain structure.
- Bigelow Aerospace and NASA test earthly mockup of interplanetary space station
Bigelow Aerospace opened up its ground-based prototype for a space station module — or perhaps even a Mars transport habitat — for inspection today at its headquarters in North Las Vegas. The open house centered on the Mars Transporter Testing Unit, an all-steel mockup of the company's expandable, fabric-covered B330 space module. For two weeks, a NASA-Bigelow team will be testing the suitability of the B330 concept for crewed deep-space missions. Bigelow's prototype is one of six ground-based demonstration projects funded as part of NASA's NextSTEP-2 program. The other companies building full-sized NextSTEP-2 prototypes for space habitats include Boeing, Lockheed… Read More
- NASA says a new comet is likely an 'interstellar visitor' from another star system — the second ever detected