230 articles from MONDAY 16.3.2020

Winter storm dumps feet of snow across Sierra Nevada mountain range

After a slow wet season without much precipitation, the Sierra Nevada mountain range region in California is finally starting to see some heavy snow.AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said parts of the central and northern Sierra Nevada were buried under somewhere between 1-4 feet of snow since it started falling on Sunday. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are usually pummeled with...

The big question over coronavirus – can a person get it twice?

Definitive answer not yet known, but experts say reinfection seems unlikelyCoronavirus – latest updatesFollow all our coronavirus coverage hereOne of the most concerning issues since the emergence of the Covid-19 virus has been whether those who have had it can get it a second time – and what that means for immunity.On Monday, both Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific...

Aversion to risk by R&D managers may hurt US economic prospects

While concerns loom over an impending recession caused by the spread of COVID-19, policymakers and business leaders have implemented radical strategies, such as slashing interest rates to invigorate the U.S.'s weakened economy. Research and Development (R&D) has long been key in the nation's economic prospects and according to new research from the University of California San Diego, the country's...

PM finally defers to experts as he deflects tricky Covid questions | Jonathan Freedland

‘No edicts, please, we’re British,’ is the message as Boris Johnson tries to convince in newly serious roleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThis was a critical moment for Boris Johnson. He went into Monday’s Downing Street press conference – set to be a daily occurrence from now on – with a question mark hovering over his ability to lead the country through...

The Invisible Man, Emma and other movies to stream early as cinemas close

Universal films including The Hunt will shift to on-demand this week as chains shutter to prevent spread of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Covid-19 continues to gut the entertainment industry, shutting down theaters across the world to prevent community transmission of the virus, Universal Pictures announced that three theatrical releases – The...

Sensory danger zones: How sensory pollution impacts animal survival

A new paper including research from a Utah State University scientist provides a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife. The framework is the product of an effort among worldwide experts in ecology and physiology and reveals the presence of "sensory danger zones," or areas where sensory pollutants influences animal activity. The study is published in the journal...

Even a limited India-Pakistan nuclear war would bring global famine, says study

A new multinational study incorporating the latest models of global climate, crop production and trade examines the possible effects of a nuclear exchange between two longtime enemies: India and Pakistan. It suggests that even a limited war between the two would cause unprecedented planet-wide food shortages and probable starvation lasting more than a decade.

The Guardian view on the latest Covid-19 steps: a recipe for isolation | Editorial

The prime minister has given people clear instructions to avoid each other. But big questions about the strategy and its impact remain unansweredThe new week that is now under way will be like no other. Europe is officially the centre of the global coronavirus pandemic. Last weekend saw the imposition of drastic new measures by governments across the continent, with schools, museums, businesses...

AI2 and Microsoft team up with other tech leaders to use AI in the war on coronavirus

A consortium of tech leaders — including Seattle's Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's charity — today unveiled an AI-enabled database that's meant to give researchers quicker, surer access to resources relating to coronavirus and how to stop it. The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, or CORD-19, was created in response to a...

Coronavirus spreading fastest in UK in London

Latest details of the spread of Covid-19 in the UK capital, the government’s response, and its impact on families and businessesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus is spreading faster in London than any other part of the country. What do we know about the spread, why it is faster, and what is the government’s advice? Continue...

Soft corals near Virgin Islands recover from hurricanes, but stony corals declining

Soft corals at three sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands were able to recover from the destructive effects of nearly back-to-back Category 5 storms in 2017, but the story of these apparently hardy communities of colorful marine life is part of a larger, rapidly shifting narrative surrounding the future of coral reefs, according to a new study led by a University at Buffalo marine ecologist.

Predicting the impacts of white-nose syndrome in bats

Since 2005, millions of bats have perished from white-nose syndrome, a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Although the disease has been found throughout much of the world, severe population declines have only occurred in North America—and now researchers at Virginia Tech know why.

Even a limited India-Pakistan nuclear war would bring global famine, says study

The concept of nuclear winter—a years-long planetary freeze brought on by airborne soot generated by nuclear bombs—has been around for decades. But such speculations have been based largely on back-of-the-envelope calculations involving a total war between Russia and the United States. Now, a new multinational study incorporating the latest models of global climate, crop production and trade...

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Volatile Stars, Galaxies, Cosmic Collisions

Portal origin URL: NASA Selects Proposals to Study Volatile Stars, Galaxies, Cosmic CollisionsPortal origin nid: 458969Published: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 14:42Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: NASA has selected proposals for four missions that would study cosmic explosions and the debris they leave behind, as well as monitor how nearby stellar flares...