11.30.2020

Is herd immunity a viable strategy for COVID-19? What is 'Disaster Fatigue' and how does it affect how we behave? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Nov 23 - Nov 29 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's very best from science news around the world, find out what's it's like to have coronavirus and the flu at the same time, and find out exactly why Canada is allowing BP to explore in a designated marine reserve. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
Without clear information that having had the virus confers immunity, the herd immunity strategy is uncertain and potentially dangerous.
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11.23.2020

What's the link between Plinko and Chaos theory? Could playing videogames contribute to greater wellbeing? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Nov 16 - Nov 22 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's roundup of the latest news from science around the world, explore all things corona, with articles covering the vaccine, the science, and the mental health consequences the aftermath of the pandemic is having for many people, as well as what we could do to prevent another such pandemic. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

On a sufficiently complicated Plinko board it becomes impossible to predictably follow the same path twice.
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11.16.2020

What's the deal with fluorescent squirrels? How could artificial skin help to avoid animal testing? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Nov 9 - Nov 15 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In ScienceSeeker's weekly roundup of the best science news as picked by real scientists, get the lowdown on the latest developments in understanding and fighting the coronavirus, and for a little light relief, discover the parts of the brain that dictate about what we find beautiful. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

When exposed to UV light, some species of flying squirrel fluoresce a bubblegum pink.
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11.09.2020

Which genes dictate how tall we are? Why are some animals born with two heads? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Nov 2 - Nov 8 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's best and brightest from science news around the world, find out why sea slugs are much prettier than their terrestrial cousins, and get the low-down on the news that a dangerous new COVID-19 variant is circulating in mink populations. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
Geneticists have accounted for a major share of this 'missing heritability,' at least for people of European ancestry.
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11.02.2020

What's the science behind superspreaders? Why can't your brain resist Halloween candy? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Oct 26 - Nov 1 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's curated selection of the best science news sources from around the world, find out what to ask if a COVID-19 vaccine is approved - or if you prefer lose yourself contemplating the nature of the stars in the sky. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

Studies have shown that Covid-19 is spread mostly by superspreaders - single individuals that infect many others.
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10.26.2020

How does stress make you sick? Where does dark matter come from? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Oct 19 - 25 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's curated selection of the best science news sources from around the world, find how light pollution can damage our environment, and explore exactly how unlucky the dinosaurs were. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
In modern times, where trivial daily stresses are common, the fight-or-flight response causes our bodies to overreact to stressors.
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Light pollution has profound effects on how individuals, populations, species, and ecosystems function.
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10.19.2020

How is a high-fat diet bad for your brain? Is time real? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Oct 12 - 18 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's edition of the best science news from around the world, explore the Coronavirus vaccine being grown in tobacco plants, and discover the new room-temperature superconductor that could revolutionise energy. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
This study suggests that exposure to a high fat diet alters the brain’s response to food so that only high-calorie foods are rewarding and satiating.
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10.12.2020

Do we really have free will? How are sperm helping to make mini-motors? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Oct 5 - 11 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's edition of the cream-of-the-crop from the world of science news, we've got the biggest stories from this year's Nobel prizes, and the latest on the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how having neanderthal DNA might make coronavirus more dangerous, and discover the new tests that give results in just five minutes. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

"If you did one thing, there is no evidence you could have done something else because, well, you didn’t." 
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10.05.2020

Why do some people suffer worse with Covid-19? Why are some people resistant to HIV, while most aren't? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Sept 28 - October 4 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's best and brightest from the world of science news, discover how males and females react to the coronavirus differently, explore the interplay between you, vitamin D and sunlight, and find out why cursive writing is good for your brain. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

The genetic mutations slow down interferon—a group of signaling proteins released in the presence of viruses—production and function.
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9.28.2020

What even are birds, really? How could Fool's Gold have helped spark life on earth? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Sept 21 - 27 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

This weeks best from the world of science sees a resurgence in Covid-19 news as several places around the world prepare for a second wave. Luckily, Michael Tabb is here to tell us what we learned from studying isolation in researchers in Antarctica. Good lockdown reading! ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
To some taxonomists, the group 'Birds' is just a convenient grouping of a lot of different types of dinosaurs.
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9.21.2020

Could there be life on Venus? Are some of the stars in the sky already dead? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Sept 14 - 20 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's very existential selection of the best in science news from science newsmakers, explore the first life on land, as revealed by an ancient microbial fingerprint, and revel in chaos, fractals and complexity as Hannah Pell explores the science behind uncertainty. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

“The next step is to do the basic science needed to thoroughly investigate the evidence and consider how best to confirm and expand on the possibility of life.”
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9.14.2020

What (maybe) dictates men's sex drive? What can a smoky bar teach us about social distancing? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Sept 7 - 13 2020 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's edition of the very best from science news around the world, explore how our unique vaccine responses affect vaccine design and testing, and travel to Mars to visit the ancient neighbours, who may have used sulphur as an energy source. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
Male sexual desire may be driven by the brain's aromatase (CYP19A1) enzyme.
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