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Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
Health
Researchers Developing Sensor Able to Detect COVID-19 in the Air
2021-05-12 13:35:42
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers from Emory University are working on a National Institutes of Health-supported project to develop a sensor capable of detecting COVID-19 in the air, called Rolosense.  “It’s tricky to anticipate what the real-world implementation will be of this technology, but... Read More

Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
Research
Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
2021-05-12 12:54:40
by Alexa Hornbeck

According to a recent study which followed a cohort of Israeli children there is little chance that kids up to age 9 will spread COVID-19 while returning to school.    “The main question was whether school reopening was accompanied by higher... Read More

Researchers Turn Used Coffee Grounds Into Biodegradable Plastic
Science
Researchers Turn Used Coffee Grounds Into Biodegradable Plastic
2021-05-11 19:41:33
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. The world drinks a whole lot of coffee. And in the process produces over six million tons of coffee grounds, according to the International Coffee Organization. And... Read More

New White House Panel Aims to Separate Science, Politics
Science
New White House Panel Aims to Separate Science, Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an effort to unearth past problems with the politicization of science within government and to tighten scientific integrity rules for the... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
Science
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
In The News
A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
2021-05-04 20:13:26
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. What would you be willing to pay, to ensure your food came from a farm that doubled up to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change? That’s the... Read More

An Ingenious Off-grid Water Purifier Inspired by Pufferfish Runs on Nothing But Sunlight
Science
An Ingenious Off-grid Water Purifier Inspired by Pufferfish Runs on Nothing But Sunlight
2021-04-27 19:20:50
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Clean water is already a scant resource in many parts of the world, and this scarcity is slated to worsen with climate change. In a new study,... Read More

Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
Education
Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
2021-04-23 19:27:15
by TWN Staff

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to support ongoing research and education in the fields of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. The wide-ranging effort is the... Read More

Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
Congress
Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
2021-04-22 20:11:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill with support in both chambers of Congress aims to bolster the nation’s leadership in scientific and technological innovation through greater investment in research that will translate into new industries and create new high-tech jobs. The... Read More

Creating Innovation Incentives for Women and Minorities
Technology
Creating Innovation Incentives for Women and Minorities
2021-04-22 15:56:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- As COVID-19 puts pressure on industries to innovate for solutions, a Senate subcommittee is looking at why women and minorities are left behind in the search for new technologies. The ultimate goal of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on... Read More

DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
Transportation
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
Science
Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
2021-04-20 15:29:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

Whether or not cannabis is harmful to human health is a continuing question for researchers, as some studies say smoking can have therapeutic effects, while others say long-term cannabis smokers experience anxiety at higher doses.  “There hasn’t been clear science... Read More

NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet
Space
NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a... Read More

Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information
Science
Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information
2021-04-06 19:17:17
by Anthropocene

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Carbon footprint labels cause people to choose meat products with 25% lower climate impact, according to a study of hypothetical purchasing decisions conducted in Sweden. The study... Read More

America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar
Environment
America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar
2021-03-25 20:18:14
by TWN Staff

Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners. Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction, reaching... Read More

Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
Weather
Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
2021-03-23 19:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service has significantly upgraded its longstanding forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather across the U.S. While it is easy to get bogged... Read More

Extensive R&D Needed to Defeat Global Warming
Science
Extensive R&D Needed to Defeat Global Warming
2021-03-15 13:39:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Weeks after Congress approved legislation that dedicates $35 billion to promote energy efficiency, lawmakers forged ahead Friday to determine how they will spend it. They hope to push the U.S. economy toward more renewable energy while moving away... Read More

Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing
Animal Rights
Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing
2021-03-12 18:37:15
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are reviving their quest to establish a National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing and ultimately curtailing the use of animals in federally funded research.  Their bill, the Humane... Read More

NASA Releases Mars Landing Video: 'Stuff of Our Dreams'
Space
NASA Releases Mars Landing Video: 'Stuff of Our Dreams'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines... Read More

NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week
Space
NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week
2021-02-17 17:21:14
by Sara Wilkerson

NASA will be making its most precise and technologically complex landing yet when its Perseverance rover lands on Mars later on this week. The landing will be the space agency’s fifth rover mission on Mars.  “Perseverance is NASA’s most ambitious... Read More

NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost
Space
NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost
2021-02-10 16:54:03
by TWN Staff

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., to provide launch services for the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element and Habitation and Logistics Outpost, the foundational elements of the "Gateway" -- the first long-term orbiting outpost around the Moon. The Gateway... Read More

Under the Sea, Humans Have Changed Ocean Sounds
Science
Under the Sea, Humans Have Changed Ocean Sounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only are humans changing the surface and temperature of the planet, but also its sounds – and those shifts are detectable even in the open ocean, according to research published Thursday. Changes in the ocean soundscape... Read More

New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
Science
New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
2021-02-04 15:39:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other... Read More

Scientists Scramble to Determine if Mutant Strain of Coronavirus Will Deepen Pandemic
Science
Scientists Scramble to Determine if Mutant Strain of Coronavirus Will Deepen Pandemic

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across the nation are lifting spirits over the holidays. But there's also budding concern about new strains of the virus that have been discovered in Great Britain, South Africa and possibly in Nigeria. Scientists say... Read More

Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases
Health
Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases
2020-12-23 17:05:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my daughter was born was the happiest day of my life, because that was the only day I didn't worry about... Read More

NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots
Health
NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
Space
National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
2020-11-24 21:03:19
by Dan McCue

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to scientists at the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory. They based their prediction, first made on Nov. 18, on a... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics
Opinions
Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years
Space
SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was... Read More

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