307 articles from TUESDAY 5.5.2020

Trump administration drafts pact for mining on the moon

The US-sponsored international Artemis Accords has not been shared, but proposes ‘safety zones’ around future moon basesThe Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new US-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, according to people familiar with the proposed pact.The agreement would be the latest effort to cultivate allies around...

Heating could be the best way to disinfect N95 masks for reuse

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, N95 face masks have been in short supply. Health care workers, in particular, desperately need these masks to protect themselves from the respiratory droplets of infected patients. But because of the shortage, many have to wear the same mask repeatedly. Now, researchers have tested several methods for disinfecting N95 materials, finding that heating...

Robots help some firms, even while workers across industries struggle

A new study reveals an important pattern: Firms that move quickly to use robots tend to add workers to their payroll, while industry job losses are more concentrated in firms that make this change more slowly. The study examines the introduction of robots to French manufacturing in recent decades, illuminating the business dynamics and labor implications in granular detail.

New York reports 15 cases of rare illness in children possibly linked to Covid-19

More than 100 cases of unusual illness have emerged in at least six countries as 15 New York patients aged two to 15 hospitalizedCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew York City’s health department has reported 15 cases of a rare but potentially lethal inflammatory syndrome in children that may be linked to coronavirus infections.More than 100 cases...

Terrawatch: glacial erosion creates higher mountains

If an ice age took hold, the Himalayas might have even taller mountains, a study findsWould Alaska’s Mount Denali – the highest peak in the US – be as tall if it was situated on the equator instead? Might the Himalayas be even taller if an ice age took hold? Every mountain range is sculpted by rain and wind, but some mountain belts are also sliced by glaciers, producing the classic...

UK coronavirus adviser Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules

Key expert in coronavirus response resigns from Sage after admitting ‘error of judgment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageProf Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist whose modelling helped shape Britain’s coronavirus lockdown strategy, has quit as a government adviser after flouting the rules by receiving visits from his lover at his home.Ferguson runs the group of...

US government scientist files whistleblower complaint alleging he was ousted

Rick Bright alleges he was reassigned to lesser role because he resisted pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquineCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA US government scientist has filed a whistleblower complaint alleging he was ousted from his position after raising concerns that the Trump administration wanted to “flood” coronavirus...

What if You Don't Want to Go Back to the Office?

For Jeff Anderson, 61, working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has been a respite from office politics and the chatter around the copy machine.But as the push to reopen the country's economy intensifies, so do feelings of dread at the idea of returning to the office, said Anderson, a self-described introvert and anthropology professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva,...

Deputy chief scientist: We need to get to grips with coronavirus care home deaths

UK government science adviser says toll in care settings on rise despite falls in hospital figuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government’s own science adviser has admitted it was yet to get to grips with the number of coronavirus deaths in UK care homes.Prof Angela McLean, the UK’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said there were 4,841 deaths in hospital...

A new law for metamaterials

Metamaterials, which are engineered to have properties not found in nature, have long been developed and studied because of their unique features and exciting applications. However, the physics behind their thermal emission properties have remained unclear to researchers—until now.

New book shows how ancient Greek writing helps us understand today's environmental crises

The way ancient Greeks thought about the natural environment and their relationship to it is relevant to how we respond to environmental crises today. In her new book, "Other Natures," Clara Bosak-Schroeder, a classics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at how the ethnographies written by ancient Greeks reveal how they explored ideas about consumption and their use...