Cover Preview: Science Magazine – July 22, 2022


Species tend to live in narrower slices of mountainside on tropical versus temperate mountains. Stronger competition in the tropics explains this pattern for birds. For example, the habitable range of this white-tipped sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) is limited as a result of competition with its close relative, the buff-tailed sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini). See page 416.

As Omicron rages on, virus’ path remains unpredictable

Fast-spreading subvariants are coming and going. But an entirely new variant could still emerge

Cleaner air is adding to global warming

Satellites capture fall in light-blocking pollution

Consortium seeks to expand human gene catalog

Finding sequences that code for short proteins could add thousands of genes

Previews: Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter – Aug ’22

Easy, Flavorful, Exciting Veggies

Knowing how to build flavor in vegetable dishes can help you enjoy more of these healthful foods.

The research is clear: eating more whole or minimally processed plants is better for our health. Knowing how to easily make foods like vegetables taste great can help you consume more of these health-promoting options in place of less healthful choices. Building Flavor. Most U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended intake of vegetables.

Covers: The Economist Magazine – July 23, 2022


ESG is often well-meaning but it is deeply flawed. The industry is a mess and needs to be ruthlessly streamlined.

If you are the type of person who is loth to invest in firms that pollute the planet, mistreat workers and stuff their boards with cronies, you will no doubt be aware of one of the hottest trends in finance: environmental, social and governance (esg) investing. It is an attempt to make capitalism work better and deal with the grave threat posed by climate change. It has ballooned in recent years; the titans of investment management claim that more than a third of their assets, or $35trn in total, are monitored through one esg lens or another. It is on the lips of bosses and officials everywhere.

Travel Films: ‘Hà Giang – Land Of Misty Valley’

Hà Giang is the final frontier in northern Vietnam, an amazing landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops. The far north of the province has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country – if not the region – and the trip between Yen Minh and Dong Van, and then across the Mai Pi Leng Pass to Meo Vac, is quite mind-blowing. Ha Giang should be one of the most popular destinations in this region, but its distance from just about everywhere else keeps visitor numbers at a low level.

Art Exhibtions: ‘Picasso & Braque – Radicals’ (2022)

Picasso & Braque: Radicals highlights significant work by the two pioneers of the Cubist art movement—Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Cubism, one of the most influential artistic developments of the twentieth century, challenged traditional perspectives of how we see the world. The movement is characterized by fractured viewpoints and abstracted forms and defies established notions of three-dimensionality. Cubism can be intellectually challenging but beautifully reflects the dynamism, rhythm, and innovation of the early 1900s.  

Although there is debate on who developed Cubism first, Picasso and Braque are credited with establishing this new visual language that presented infinite possibilities and catalyzed future developments in the visual arts. This exhibition features work by twentieth-century artists who took inspiration from these revolutionary ideas and practices, including American artists Fannie Hillsmith and John Marin, and Texas artist Bill Reily, among others. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints demonstrate how Cubism transcended time and space.

Picasso & Braque: Radicals is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Curator of Modern Art; and Rafael Fernando Gutierrez Jr., the inaugural Douglass Foundation Intern in Curatorial Studies.

Preview: New Scientist Magazine – July 23, 2022


What lab-grown ‘mini-brains’ are revealing about this mysterious organ

Blobs of human brain cells cultivated in the lab, known as brain organoids or “mini-brains”, are transforming our understanding of neural development and disease. Now, researchers are working to make them more like the real thing

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Morning News: Capitol Riot Committee Hearing, Russia Opens Gas Pipeline

The House Jan. 6 committee preps for a primetime hearing examining what Trump was and was not doing in the 3 hours and 7 minutes before he asked rioters to go home that day.

An NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist survey looks at how many people are actually following the hearings. And, a key pipeline that brings natural gas from Russia to Germany is partially reopen, and there’s concern in Berlin that they my not go back to full capacity.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – July 21, 2022


Russia Resumes Nord Stream Gas Supply to Europe

The restart of the pipeline buys time for governments to decouple from the Kremlin’s exports amid what they expect will be an increasingly unreliable supply of energy.177 min read

Draghi Resigns as Italy’s Prime Minister as Support Crumbles

The prime minister’s announcement came a day after three large parties in his national unity coalition government didn’t back the prime minister in a Senate confidence vote.1 min read

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