Tuesday, September 08, 2020

science news 8.9.2020

Today's selection of science news. Links are normally to press releases on EurekAlert (at the bottom end I may also add a couple of newspaper stories). I include quotes from the summary in italics in cases where the title alone doesn't reveal what the story is about. My own thoughts appear without italics if I have any.

Not much going on today, apparently:


evolution

Ancient bony fish forces rethink of how sharks evolved


nanoworld

A new twist on DNA origami


sustainability

Producing leather-like materials from fungi


humans

'Wild West' mentality lingers in modern populations of US mountain regions
Scientists looked at links between the personality profiles of over 3.3m US residents and the "topography" of 37,227 ZIP codes. Distinct psychological mix associated with mountain populations is consistent with theory that harsh frontiers attracted certain personalities. Researchers argue this may be residual from US frontier expansion during the 19th century, as personality pattern is strongest in the West.





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From the news media:

the biggest bang since the Big Bang

and an essay written by a robot. Scary stuff.

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