ESMH Media Review – August 5, 2021

Mental health, mRNA vaccines and social media:: check out the ESMH selection of 24 science & tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

DigitalEnviMobility & EnergyAgri & FoodHealthScipol & CommEU initiativesCurious news


In the spotlight

Tokyo Olympics: taking care of mental health in elite sports
bbc, 02.08.2021
When the US gymnast Simone Biles decided to withdraw from the team and all-around events at the Tokyo Olympics, it prompted a debate about mental health in elite sport. Biles spoke about the importance of preserving her mental health and the need to “protect our minds and our bodies,” adding: “We are people, at the end of the day.
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Digital transition

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Can the U.S. and China cooperate in space?
scientificamerican, 02.08.2021
The U.S. remains the global leader in space by most metrics, but China is methodically advancing its own ambitious space agenda at a quickening pace, blueprinting and carrying out a succession of robotic interplanetary forays to destinations such as the asteroid belt and Jupiter, as well as a sample-return mission to Mars.
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Environmental sustainability

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Today it’s cool, tomorrow it’s junk. We have to act against our throwaway culture
guardian, 02.08.2021
Never have we wanted, owned and wasted so much stuff. Our consumptive path through modern life leaves a wake of social and ecological destruction – trainers barely worn, ignored AI-powered digital assistants gathering dust, and forgotten smartphones languishing in drawers.
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Mobility & Energy

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The German village going full-on renewable How hard is it to switch an entire to renewable energy? A look at the village of Sprakebüll which took the leap.
deutschewelle-en, 02.08.2021
Right across from the shop, customers can charge their electric cars. Behind it, houses are being built for young families. And the new fire station on the corner was financed with revenue from the citizens’ wind farm, as Mayor Karl-Richard Nissen says proudly, pointing to six light gray wind turbines on the horizon, about two kilometers.
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Agriculture & Food

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Despite clearing hurdle public can’t sample GM rice yet
scidev, 04.08.2021
While genetically modified Golden Rice has finally been cleared for commercial production in the Philippines, 20 years on from its inception, market availability is at least two years away, developers admit.
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Health

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MRNA’s next chapter has nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccines
time, 02.08.2021
It’s safe to say that before the development of the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, most people hadn’t thought about messenger RNA, or mRNA, since high school science class—if ever. The molecule plays a pivotal role in the body, carrying the recipes for making various proteins to the parts of cells that produce them.
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Time for Covidnomics
theatlantic, 30.07.2021
First Canada overtook the United States in the vaccination race. Now the European Union has done so. Even poor European countries such as Greece, Lithuania, and Poland have surpassed vaccine-resistant U.S. states such as Ohio, Arkansas, and Missouri.
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Science policy & Communication

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Social media, dopamine and neurodiversity
forbes, 03.08.2021
The subject of social media and dopamine has been on my mind for some time now. As an ADHD-er who is biologically dopamine deficient I know on a personal level how susceptible I am to the power of likes, clicks and shares and have been working to ensure that I maintain healthy boundaries.
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Social media remove millions of pieces of Covid-related misinformation
in-cyprus, 02.08.2021
Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Microsoft and Google have had to remove millions of pieces of Covid-19-related misinformation since the start of the pandemic. And the European Commission on Thursday published their reports on measures taken in June to curb the spread of misinformation.
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EU initiatives

STOA Study – Innovative technologies shaping the 2040 battlefield
europarl, 02.08.2021
This study provides an assessment of the risks, challenges and opportunities related to new and emerging technologies that are most expected to shape the future battlefield out to 2040.
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STOA Study – Tackling deepfakes in European policy
europarl, 30.07.2021
The emergence of a new generation of digitally manipulated media – also known as deepfakes – has generated substantial concerns about possible misuse. In response to these concerns, this report assesses the technical, societal and regulatory aspects of deepfakes.
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EU to leverage R&D investments to reach climate goals
sciencebusiness, 15.07.2021
EU research and innovation programmes are set to contribute significantly to the European Commission’s lofty plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, according to new legislation tabled to make the ‘Green Deal’ a reality. The Commission wants Europe to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
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Curious news

Plastic creates ‘evolutionary trap’ for young sea turtles, study suggests
standard, 02.08.2021
The research team led by the University of Exeter included Murdoch University, the Department of Environment and Science (Queensland) and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (Western Australia).

Dr Emily Duncan of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on Exeter’s Penryn….
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