Hi, I’m Scientific American assistant news editor Sarah Lewin Frasier. And here’s a limited piece from the July 2020 problem of the journal, in the segment referred to as Advancements: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Science, Technologies and Medication.

The short article is titled “Quick Hits,” and it’s a rundown of some noncoronavirus tales from about the world.

From Turks and Caicos Islands:

Analysis of anole lizards gathered in advance of and following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and 18 months later, uncovered that the surviving lizards and their descendants experienced greater and thus “grippier” toe pads. The team examined lizard photos from organic historical past collections and 70 many years of hurricane info to verify the development.

From Italy:

Sediment samples drawn from the Tyrrhenian Sea uncovered hotspots with up to 1.9 million microplastic particles for every square meter—the highest concentration ever recorded on the seafloor. Most of this pollution will come from wastewater in sewage techniques, researchers say.

From Antarctica:
Paleontologists discovered a fossilized 40-million-yr-previous frog on Seymour Island, around the suggestion of the Antarctic Peninsula. The frog is associated to modern types residing in temperate, humid disorders in the Chilean Andes.

From Iraq:
Scientists probing the Turkish point out archives uncovered the earliest identified document of a meteorite creating a demise. The item struck a hilltop in neighboring Iraq in 1888, killing just one man and paralyzing yet another.

From Japan:
Benefits gathered from the Kamioka Observatory, which contains an underground detector tank filled with 55,000 tons of h2o, advise an intriguing discrepancy in how neutrinos and antineutrinos oscillate, potentially violating symmetry concerning subject and antimatter.

From Kenya:
Experts identified a malaria-blocking microbe in mosquitoes on the shores of Lake Victoria. Every single mosquito catalogued with this seemingly benign fungus was free of the illness-carrying parasite, and experiments exhibit the fungus prevented its transmission.

That was Rapid Hits. I’m Sarah Lewin Frasier.

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