USA Today: Harvard researchers unveil new Alzheimer’s theory.
Very interesting. They already know gum disease contributes to plaque around the heart (different plaque, but still).
The Atlantic: The Astonishing Age of a Neanderthal Cave Construction Site.
“She knew that Rouzaud’s date of 47,600 years was impressive but suspect. Carbon-dating is only accurate for samples younger than 50,000 years, so the Bruniquel material was hitting the technique’s limits. [snip] Their date? 176,500 years ago, give or take a few millennia.” My italic emphasis. Beautiful and strange. A real stunner for the world of science.
Atlas Obscura: Exploring the Secrets of Soothing Spaceship Sound.
Best part is the link to the 24-hour loop of Enterprise ambient sound. Better yet, mix two - Enterprise and ISS (click play on both videos in this article).
Phaidon: Animals Are Delicious.
ANN: Tyrannosaurus rex probably had lips says palaeontologist.
Authority Nutrition: 7 “Toxins” in Food That Are Actually Concerning.
Real compounds to avoid.
PS Mag: We’re Inching Closer to Making Solar Power as Cheap as Regular Electricity.
Vox: Watch the rapid evolution of the American diet over 40 years, in one GIF.
I look at these, and become surprised that none have been correlated against disease (‘the reduction in whole milk perfectly tracks the rise in autism!’ etc.). Correlation, causation, and the whole internet amateur-research phenom ... then again, wait five minutes and check Twitter.
ANN: Mysterious happenings around the star KIC 846852.
“The cause of such a dramatic event, however, is not understood, and meanwhile other imaginable scenarios are still allowable, but the new results put a firm limit on the amount of dusty material around this strange and unique star.”
FiveThirtyEight: How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump.
Hrmmm. I have a different, cynical take. The process of natural selection has been disrupted. The idiots among us are surviving. It’s OSHA’s fault. (Joking, just joking ...)
Guardian.UK: GM food generally safe for humans and the environment, report says.
“When farms switched from conventional crops to the engineered varieties, there was no substantial change in yields. While experimental results suggest that there should be an increase in production, the US Department of Agriculture data doesn’t show it, the report said.” One must separate the GM from the pesticides used. It’s the pesticides that manifest the problems, not the GM.
NY Times: I Run a G.M.O. Company — and I Support G.M.O. Labeling.
“Foods with bioengineered ingredients are safe, but shrouding them in secrecy breeds doubt and fear. Clear, informative labeling is a first step toward transparency that can build trust and educate consumers. But trust has to go both ways: Biotechnology companies and food producers must trust consumers to educate themselves and make informed decisions.”
Guardian.UK: Glyphosate unlikely to pose risk to humans, UN/WHO study says.
Playing games. Move those goal posts. Cancer isn’t the major concern; the detrimental effect on gut bacteria is. Many medical studies to back up even small amounts having great effects on the gut. This is not anti-GMO; this is overuse of pesticide. They’re using this stuff to dry out wheat crops for easier harvesting. By the millions of gallons. You’re getting more than you realize.
Atlas Obscura: Acorn Woodpeckers Hoard Thousands of Acorns in a Single Tree.
NIAID.NIH.Gov: NIH-Led Team Discovers New HIV Vaccine Target.
Mashable: Climate pendulum is swinging rapidly from El Niño to La Niña.
... they remark, drily.
Mashable: A tiny piece of space junk chipped one of the Space Station’s windows
Mashable: U.S. upgrades its weather forecasting system, but still lags behind competitors.
Yeah, well ... weather here in the Southwest could use some computer upgrades. Meteorologists do their best, but I still carry multiple jackets in my trunk. Mountains take the complexity up by exponential amounts, or so I theorize.
Mashable: Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket comes in for a landing in new POV video.
Atlas Obscura: A Teen Says He Found a Lost Mayan City Using Old Star Maps.
Even the most enlightened have encouraged cultivating a “child’s mind” outlook. Seems it works.
ScienceDaily: Study shows how memories can be intentionally forgotten.
ANN: Egyptologists differ on Tut tomb ‘hidden chambers’.
Apparently many of the ‘facts’ we’ve heard are still but theories, yet to be conclusively proven. Even the assumptions about Tut’s mask being repurposed was shut down. So this one is ‘back burner’ material until more experts weigh in.
NY Times: ‘Second Skin’ May Reduce Wrinkles, Eyebags, Scientists Say.
“The ‘skin’ can last for more than a day.” Oh, this is going to be lucrative.
ANN: Leonardo da Vinci’s DNA - Experts unite to shine modern light on a Renaissance genius.
The great never get to sleep in peace.
Western Digs: 900-Year-Old Village Recorded in Volcanic Badlands of New Mexico.
Another reason to oppose fracking/mineral leasing near Chaco!