Detectives have sniffed out a big source of an outlawed, invisible, and odorless gas, currently wafting through Earth's atmosphere.
The news deluge is so constant that sometimes important stories get buried before you have a chance to see 'em. Here are two we saw over the weekend that are worth your time this week.
In a high-stakes environmental whodunit, many clues point to China<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODEyNDEyMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNTg4MDI5MX0.WiGD862y64GzTdI9B2e5Y1LGtVXKUu4GSYPiz2_6btg/img.jpg?width=980" id="1faf3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="27100e6ea5437d275689c075f6adac03" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
How a flood of corporate funding can distort NIH research<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODEyNDE1OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzU5NTcwMX0.EfTVnuEDciWnlu_18fA3o9gcw-VQ55SfLScSi--cS9k/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C302%2C0%2C141&height=700" id="db494" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="48111a58843f54b4b48986cf7e92f957" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>This month the National Institutes of Health shut down a study on alcohol consumption funded mostly by beer and liquor companies. An ethical problem averted? </p><p>Not quite. Writing in <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-corporate-funding-distorts-nih-research/2018/06/22/ad0260c8-7595-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4b98eea0815c" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em></a>, Paul Thacker, a freelance writer and former staffer with the Senate Finance Committee, traces intellectual corruption much, much deeper at the agency that sets the bar for government research.</p><p>"I spent 3 1/2 years as a Senate investigator studying conflict-of-interest problems at the NIH and the research universities it funds," he writes. "During that time, I found that the agency often ignored obvious conflicts. Even worse, its industry ties go back decades and are never really addressed unless the agency faces media scrutiny and demands from the public and Congress for change."</p><p>Tobacco's influence in smoking studies is well known. But similar bias, Thacker notes, "has been found in research funded by <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3411392/" title="www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov" target="_blank">pharmaceutical</a>, <a href="https://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b02726" title="pubs.acs.org" target="_blank">chemical</a> and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/monsantos-sway-over-research-is-seen-in-disclosed-emails.html" title="www.nytimes.com" target="_blank">pesticide</a> companies." Coca-Cola, he adds, sought to fund scientists who would shift discussion away from sodas' role in obesity and instead blame lack of exercise.</p><p>The bottom line is money. As Congressional funding for science declines, Thacker concludes, academics have been forced to collaborate with industry.</p><p>Read the full story on <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-corporate-funding-distorts-nih-research/2018/06/22/ad0260c8-7595-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4b98eea0815c" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a></em>.</p>
Modelling shows CFC decline has slowed – and no one knows why.
Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.
Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.
Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.
An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.