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Science news and current events archive from September, 2020.

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Week 36
Tuesday September 1, 2020 (100)
Wednesday September 2, 2020 (144)
Thursday September 3, 2020 (111)
Friday September 4, 2020 (59)
Saturday September 5, 2020 (1)
Sunday September 6, 2020 (7)

Week 37
Monday September 7, 2020 (59)
Tuesday September 8, 2020 (124)
Wednesday September 9, 2020 (141)
Thursday September 10, 2020 (135)
Friday September 11, 2020 (66)
Saturday September 12, 2020 (3)
Sunday September 13, 2020 (7)

Week 38
Monday September 14, 2020 (120)
Tuesday September 15, 2020 (117)
Wednesday September 16, 2020 (135)
Thursday September 17, 2020 (136)
Friday September 18, 2020 (67)
Saturday September 19, 2020 (5)
Sunday September 20, 2020 (18)

Week 39
Monday September 21, 2020 (139)
Tuesday September 22, 2020 (132)
Wednesday September 23, 2020 (143)
Thursday September 24, 2020 (127)
Friday September 25, 2020 (85)
Saturday September 26, 2020 (1)
Sunday September 27, 2020 (7)

Week 40
Monday September 28, 2020 (142)
Tuesday September 29, 2020 (137)


Top Science Current Events and Science News from September 2020



Eat more to grow more arms...if you're a sea anemone
An international group of researchers, led by scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, have discovered that the number of tentacle arms a sea anemone grows depends on the amount of food it eats. (2020-09-02)
Making more of methane
Looking closely at the chemical process that transforms methane into useful products could help unveil more efficient ways to use natural gas. (2020-09-02)
IGC scientist awarded distinguished European Research Council Grant
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the list of winners of the 2020 Starting Grants. (2020-09-03)
NOAA-NASA satellite reveals burn scars from Elkhorn Fire in California
Imagery from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA/NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite highlights the burn scars from the Elkhorn Fire in northern California on Sep. (2020-09-03)
The genetics of blood: A global perspective
To better understand the properties of blood cells, an international team led by UdeM's Guillaume Lettre has been examining variations in the DNA of 746,667 people worldwide. (2020-09-04)
Poetry in motion: Engineers analyze the fluid physics of movement in marine snails
In a new interdisciplinary study that combines intellectual curiosity with awe, researchers show in detail that the swimming and sinking behaviors of tropical marine snails are influenced by body size and shell shape, as predicted from fluid physics theory. (2020-09-07)
Vitamin D levels in the blood can predict future health risks and death
Free, circulating vitamin D levels in the blood may be a better predictor of future health risks in aging men, according to a study being presented at e-ECE 2020. (2020-09-07)
Could singing spread COVID-19?
If silence is golden, speech is silver - and singing the worst. (2020-09-07)
Study finds surprisingly little difference in hospitalization rates between children with COVID-19
As the fall approaches, pediatric hospitals will start seeing children with seasonal influenza A and B. (2020-09-08)
Association of mobile phone location data indications of travel, stay-at-home mandates with COVID-19 infection rates in US
Anonymous mobile phone location data were used to examine travel and home dwelling time patterns before and after enactment of stay-at-home orders in US states to examine associations between changes in mobility and the COVID-19 curve. (2020-09-08)
Russia's regions and their preferences for strong alcohol
HSE University economists analyzed two data sets for Russian regions in 2010-2016: the official statistics of the Russian Statistics Agency on alcohol sales and estimates of unregistered alcohol consumption modeled by the study's authors relying on the Ministry of Health's own methodology. (2020-09-08)
Adding stem cells to educational intervention can significantly help kids with autism
Results of a clinical trial released in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicate that a combination of stem cell therapy and educational intervention can significantly help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2020-09-09)
Humans, not climate, have driven rapidly rising mammal extinction rate
Human impact can explain ninety-six percent of all mammal species extinctions of the last hundred thousand years, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Science Advances. (2020-09-09)
Shedding light on coral reefs
New research published in the journal Coral Reefs generates the largest characterization of coral reef spectral data to date. (2020-09-11)
Should we mandate a COVID-19 vaccine for children?
This Viewpoint examines the evidence for vaccination of children against COVID-19. (2020-09-14)
Breast cancer surgery type, quality of life among younger women
Researchers investigated differences in quality of life and other outcomes (including physical functioning, body image, sexual health, anxiety and depressive symptoms) by type of breast cancer surgery (such as mastectomy or breast conserving surgery) in women 40 and younger. (2020-09-16)
NASA finds coldest cloud tops on hurricane Teddy's western side
NASA analyzed the cloud top temperatures in Hurricane Teddy using infrared light to determine the strength of the storm. (2020-09-16)
New Viking DNA research yields unexpected information about who they were
In the popular imagination, Vikings were fearsome blonde-haired warriors from Scandinavia who used longboats to carry out raids across Europe in a brief but bloody reign of terror. (2020-09-16)
Changes in lung cancer treatment during COVID-19 pandemic
Changes in lung cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic were evaluated in this study. (2020-09-17)
Reduction in insomnia symptoms associated with non-invasive neurotechnology
For people with chronic insomnia, a good night's sleep is elusive. (2020-09-17)
Scientists advance understanding of blood-brain barrier health
in a study with potential impacts on a variety of neurological diseases, Virginia Tech researchers have provided the first experimental evidence from a living organism to show that an abundant, star-shaped brain cell known as an astrocyte is essential for blood-brain barrier health. (2020-09-21)
Studies investigate marine heatwaves, shifting ocean currents
Two new studies from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) investigate marine heatwaves and currents at the edge of the continental shelf, which impact regional ocean circulation and marine life. (2020-09-20)
Scientists reveal details about the first cat infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Spain
The IRTA-CReSA coronavirus research team, alongside researchers from IrsiCaixa, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and veterinarians from a veterinary hospital near Barcelona publish in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the results of postoperative analyzes of COVID-19 positive cat necropsy. (2020-09-21)
Making sense of diabetes
Throughout her 38-year nursing career, Laurel Despins has progressed from a bedside nurse to a clinical nurse specialist and has worked in medical, surgical and cardiac intensive care units. (2020-09-21)
The co-occurrence of cancer driver genes, key to precision medicine
Researchers from the Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Laboratory at IRB Barcelona develop a system to predict tumour response to different treatments. (2020-09-22)
Mayo study identifies barriers to physician adoption of federal Right to Try law
A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute is the first to examine the opinions and experiences of clinical oncologists working at a major medical center on the Federal Right to Try (RTT) law. (2020-09-22)
KIST develops ambient vibration energy harvester with automatic resonance tuning mechanism
Korean researchers have developed an energy harvester that can generate electric power from ambient vibrations with diverse frequencies through a novel automatic resonance tuning mechanism. (2020-09-23)
Red blood cell distribution width, mortality risk in hospitalized adults with SARS-CoV-2 infection
The potential use of red blood cell distribution width for risk stratification of patients with COVID-19 was looked at in this observational study. (2020-09-23)
Flood risks: More accurate data due to COVID-19
Emerging use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) makes it possible to continuously measure shallow changes in elevation of Earth surface. (2020-09-23)
How to bounce back from stretched out stretchable sensors
Elastic can stretch too far and that could be problematic in wearable sensors. (2020-09-24)
Fast, accurate and non-destructive: the new method to analyze food quality
Researchers at the University of Cordoba's School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering (ETSIAM) proved the effectiveness of NIRS technoloogy in analyzing vegetable quality, in farm fields and in the industry (2020-09-25)
USC-led study traces the evolution of gill covers
In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS), USC Stem Cell scientists and their collaborators have identified a key modification to the genome that led to the evolution of gill covers more than 430 million years ago. (2020-09-28)
Hope for 500 000 insomniacs in Norway
Digital sleep therapy could offer help to people with sleep problems and enable many of them to reduce their sleep medication after treatment. (2020-09-01)
Scent-sensing cells have a better way to fight influenza
Smell receptors that line the nose get hit by Influenza B just like other cells, but they are able to clear the infection without dying. (2020-09-01)
NASA catches formation of Atlantic's record-breaking 15th tropical storm
Tropical Depression 15 strengthened into a tropical storm late on Sept. (2020-09-02)
Wearable, portable invention offers options for treating antibiotic-resistant infections
About 6 million people in the United States are affected by chronic wounds. (2020-09-03)
New observations show planet-forming disc torn apart by its three central stars
A team of astronomers have identified the first direct evidence that groups of stars can tear apart their planet-forming disc, leaving it warped and with tilted rings. (2020-09-03)
The Lancet: Many countries falling behind on global commitments to tackling premature deaths from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, lung cancer and heart disease
Around the world, the risk of dying prematurely from preventable and largely treatable chronic diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and stomach cancer has declined steadily over the past decade, but death rates from other chronic diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer, colon cancer, and liver cancer are declining too slowly or worsening in many countries. (2020-09-03)
UBC scientists find clues to queen bee failure
Scientists at UBC are unravelling the mysteries behind a persistent problem in commercial beekeeping that is one of the leading causes of colony mortality--queen bee failure. (2020-09-08)
Do as plants do: Novel photocatalysts can perform solar-driven conversion of CO2 into fuel
Scientists at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, develop a novel ''heterostructured'' photocatalyst using titanium and copper, two abundant and relatively inexpensive metals. (2020-09-09)
Improving the transition from pediatric to adult rheumatology care
As children with chronic rheumatic illnesses age, it's important that they experience a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care. (2020-09-10)
Researchers reveal a much richer picture of the past with new DNA recovery technique
Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new technique to tease ancient DNA from soil, pulling the genomes of hundreds of animals and thousands of plants -- many of them long extinct -- from less than a gram of sediment. (2020-09-10)
Did our early ancestors boil their food in hot springs?
Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of fire. (2020-09-15)
Reforestation can only partially restore tropical soils
Tropical forest soils play a crucial role in providing vital ecosystem functions. (2020-09-15)
Examining association of coffee consumption, survival in patients with colorectal cancer
Researchers in this observational study investigated the association between the number of cups of coffee consumed per day and survival in patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer. (2020-09-17)
NASA confirms development of record-breaking tropical storm Wilfred, ending hurricane list
The list of hurricane names is officially used up with the development of the 23rd tropical cyclone of the year. (2020-09-18)
'Awe walks' boost emotional well-being
A regular dose of awe is a simple way to boost healthy 'prosocial' emotions such as compassion and gratitude, according to a new study by researchers at the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center (MAC) and the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) -- a partnership between UCSF and Trinity College Dublin to improve brain health worldwide. (2020-09-21)
People with 'silent' COVID-19 have as much coronavirus as those with symptoms
People with 'silent' COVID-19 infection have as much coronavirus in their noses and throats as those with symptoms, reveals research published online in the journal Thorax. (2020-09-22)
Study suggests link between decreasing viral load and proportion of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care
New research presented at this week's ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, online 23-25 September) suggests that, as lockdown took effect and case numbers dropped, the amount of virus patients were exposed to (viral load) fell, and this could be linked to lower proportions of patients requiring intensive care and dying. (2020-09-23)
Choanozoan and picozoan marine protists are probably virus eaters - study
Scientists used single-cell genomics to show that two groups of poorly known marine protists routinely ingest viruses. (2020-09-24)

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