Top science stories of the week


Welcome to the Sunday edition of “Top science stories of the week” from Hawaii Science Digest.

Views expressed in this science and technology news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Accessed on 10 November 2019, 1555 UTC.

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Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change

A measles-like virus is ricocheting through marine mammal populations in the Arctic—and melting sea ice might be to blame. Christopher Intagliata reports. — Read more on
Recommended Books, November 2019

The ecosystem of a crime scene, how undercover patients changed psychiatric care, and more — Read more on
The Greatest Unknown Intellectual of the 19th Century

Emil du Bois-Reymond proclaimed the mystery of consciousness, championed the theory of natural selection, and revolutionized the study of the nervous system. Today, he is all but forgotten. — Read more on


Combined tests can predict kidney injury risk in critically ill children

Combining the Renal Angina Index and measurement of urinary Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin can improve predictions of severe acute kidney injury in critically ill children. Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2019 Nov. 5-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Neurosurgery in Brazilian Amazon is possible

Low- and middle-income countries in remote locations with little access to care can create sustainable neurosurgical programs by recruiting and training young, local doctors, according to a Rutgers study. Published in the journal World Neurosurgery, the study analyzed the effectiveness over the past 20 years of a successful neurosurgical department, its residency program, an international residenc


People with more empathy may actually increase political divisions

People who score higher on a test of empathy seem to have stronger positive feelings about their own political party and stronger negative ones about the opposition


Iceland students see chilling reality of melting glacier

Icelandic seventh-grader Lilja Einarsdottir is on an unusual field trip with her class: they’re measuring the Solheimajokull glacier to see how much it has shrunk in the past year, witnessing climate change first-hand.
Australians warned worst bushfires may be yet to come

Sydney is facing a “catastrophic” fire threat, authorities said on Sunday, as firefighters in eastern Australia raced to prepare for worsening conditions after ferocious bushfires devastated communities.


The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Neural networks are demonstrating profound leaps in their abilities when they’re tasked with open exploration instead of a narrowly focused goal.
Amazon Kindle for Kids Review: Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Get your child a Kindle and use it to support your local library!
12 Gift Ideas for Wine and Beer Lovers in Your Life

From growlers to glassware, these are our favorite gifts for beer, wine, or cocktail connoisseurs.
Rudy Giuliani’s Tweets Top This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Last week, Rudy Giuliani lawyered up on Twitter and the internet began to ask what triggers liberals and conservatives.
The Failure of Uber’s Self-Driving Car, Polestar’s Debut, and More Car News This Week

Plus, a call to require helmets for cyclists, Paris battles e-scooters, and more.
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Until next time,
Russ Roberts (breaking science and technology news).

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