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Findings

This month’s scientific progress—good, bad, or simply strange.

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“Ernie and Leela,” and “Ernie Under My Desk,” photographs by Tony Mendoza from his book Ernie: A Photographer’s Memoir, published by Chronicle Books. Courtesy the artist and Lee Marks Fine…

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Astronomers recorded, in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, the largest known post–Big Bang explosion, which lasted several hundred million years and created a void of fifteen galactic widths in the plasma…

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Scientists confirmed that toddlers have temper tantrums when they do not use their words and that the practice of limiting oyster consumption to months ending in r has been observed…

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Knees in Asia are the most likely to have a fabella, and knees in Africa are the least. The humerus can be used to determine the sex of a Thai…

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Hydrocarbon fuels can now be produced with sunlight and air, making them carbon-neutral; the hole in the ozone layer was shrinking; and the first successful climate model of the early…

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Rising temperatures will make Muslims’ pilgrimages to Mecca increasingly dangerous, will cause Appalachian salamanders to use their regenerating ability as a heat buffer, will hurt New Hampshire salamanders by decreasing…

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New studies confirmed that the current warming period is without precedent in the past two thousand years. Permafrost in the Canadian Arctic is thawing seventy years ahead of schedule, nitrous-oxide…

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Advisers to the Scottish government recommended canceling protections enjoyed by wandering sand dunes in Aberdeenshire that have been destroyed by Donald Trump. In England and Wales, where burial space is…

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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg biochemists climate-change–proofed the potato. Environmental pressure was expected to shrink mammals by an average of 25 percent in the next century, and a further reason aging populations will contribute…

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Among a million species now threatened with extinction, marine species are disappearing at twice the rate of terrestrial species, and British hedgehogs are in decline, possibly owing to a loss…

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A new climate model that extensively cross-references atmospheric modeling with sedimentary records indicates that surface temperatures never exceeded modern preindustrial levels by more than 2º C in the past 2.6 million…

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Biologists who captured ninety-nine sea snakes off Costa Rica and offered them a drink found that 80 percent of the snakes accepted water late in the dry season but only 13 percent…

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Carp were dying of herpes in Babylon. Peste des petits ruminants struck a lamb-fattening unit in Israel. Salmonellosis outbreaks were blamed on Crisp & Delicious chicken nuggets in Canada, on…

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The Alagoas foliage-gleaner, the black-faced honeycreeper, and the cryptic treehunter were declared extinct. A goose and a gull overdosed on opioids, and a drug-sniffing dog overdosed on ecstasy. Drones can…

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Migrant women who have recently settled in Australia and Canada understand menopause both as an “Age of Despair” and “When Life Starts.” Extreme weight-loss behaviors are equally prevalent among US…

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Instant soups were scalding up to ten thousand US children a year, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned that soft furniture causes far more falling injuries to small children than…

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Political scientists concluded that the sharing of hostile political rumors is not motivated by partisanship and is typically practiced by status-hungry, socially marginalized groups who rank high in a “Need…

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A survey of prisoners found that criminals who as children beat, burned, choked, drowned, kicked, shot, starved, stoned, or had sex with animals were not at greater risk of committing…

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The effect whereby gay men tend to have more older brothers holds true only for those who are prone to being receptive partners during anal sex. Straight men who were…

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Researchers warned that closing the gender gap in computer science at current rates will take 280 years, that patients may be conscious while receiving CPR, that people who think they…

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Polarized political partisans are impatient not with their opponents’ views but with all politics; political consensus between parents and children has been rising since the Sixties; liberals are more likely…

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A  Norwegian dendrochronologist found that smoke used to hide a Nazi battleship caused pine trees to stop forming rings. Hans Asperger helped the Third Reich kill disabled children. Holocaust survivors…

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Fearfully neurotic regions of the United States and the United Kingdom were likelier to vote for Donald Trump and Brexit. Americans have been displaying high levels of OCD-like thought about…

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November 2020