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Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII

Clear skies ahead. These days, you’ll be forgiven for hoping those words refer to the end of a pandemic that has forced millions to hunker down indoors. But in this case, those clear skies are literal. And when we finally…

Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay

The rainforest has long been a cradle for virus-kind. HIV, ebola and yellow fever all started out in those lush fortresses of biodiversity. But when it comes to harboring viruses, the rainforest has nothing on the ocean. Scientists have tallied…

This new blood test accurately predicts 50 types of cancer

An international team of scientists may have made a major breakthrough in early cancer detection: a blood test that finds more than 50 types of cancer, including specific locations in the body. They did it with a little help from…

Climate disasters increase risks of armed conflicts: New evidence

(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) The risk for violent clashes increases after weather extremes such as droughts or floods hit people in vulnerable countries, an international team of scientists finds. Vulnerable countries are characterized by a large population, political exclusion of particular ethnic groups, and low development. The study combines global statistical analysis, observation data and regional case study assessments to yield new evidence for policy-makers.

Could coronavirus 'immunity passports' get people working again?

Germany is floating an idea that might get millions of people back to work after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s public health agency, in partnership with research groups and hospitals, will conduct a massive study this…

How to model a pandemic

Behind every government announcement, there is an army of epidemiologists predicting how the virus will spread, and how to beat it. Note that this story doesn’t deal specifically with the University of Washington models released yesterday, projecting U.S. infections and deaths from COVID-19 in the coming months. But it does provide insights into how scientists create models.

Uncertain climate future could disrupt energy systems

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) An international team of scientists has published a new study proposing an optimization methodology for designing climate-resilient energy systems and to help ensure that communities will be able to meet future energy needs given weather and climate variability. Their findings were recently published in Nature Energy.

For the Left, Excess Hospital Beds Were “Too Many Deoderants” … Until This Month

For years, a significant critique (mostly from the Left) of health care costs has been that over-investment by private hospitals in premium facilities (e.g. ICU beds, MRI scanners, etc) is part of the reason health care costs have been rising…

Using fiber optics to advance safe and renewable energy

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring of Arctic permafrost thaw. Now they have been awarded new grants to develop fiber optics for two novel uses: monitoring offshore wind operations and underground natural gas storage.