Spectacular bird’s-eye view? Hummingbirds see diverse colors humans can only imagine: Team trains wild hummingbirds to discriminate UV color combinations 

While humans have three color cones in the retina sensitive to red, green and blue light, birds have a fourth color cone that can detect ultraviolet light. A research team trained wild hummingbirds to perform a series of experiments that revealed that the tiny birds also see combination colors like ultraviolet+green and ultraviolet+red.

Source: Spectacular bird’s-eye view? Hummingbirds see diverse colors humans can only imagine: Team trains wild hummingbirds to discriminate UV color combinations — ScienceDaily

Genes May Leave Some People More Vulnerable to Severe Covid-19 

Why do some people infected with the coronavirus suffer only mild symptoms, while others become deathly ill?Geneticists have been scouring our DNA for clues. Now, a study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Source: Genes May Leave Some People More Vulnerable to Severe Covid-19 | Portside

‘Quietly Putting Hundreds of Species at Risk,’ Trump Opens 5,000 Square Miles of Atlantic Ocean to Commercial Fishing 

“Ancient and slow-growing deep sea corals, endangered large whales and sea turtles, and an incredible array of fish, seabirds, sharks, dolphins and other wildlife—these are the species and habitats

Source: ‘Quietly Putting Hundreds of Species at Risk,’ Trump Opens 5,000 Square Miles of Atlantic Ocean to Commercial Fishing | Common Dreams News

Not Even Wrong

The public understanding of fundamental physics research and the credibility of the subject have suffered a huge amount of damage over the past few decades, due to the overwhelming amount of misleading, self-serving BS about parallel universes and failed speculative ideas put out by physicists, university PR departments and the journalists who mistakenly take them seriously. I hope this latest is the beginning of a new trend of people in all these categories starting to fight hype, not spread it.

Source: Not Even Wrong

The “magnitude of catastrophe” facing America 

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 108,000 people in the United States, with the total number of cases now approaching 2 million. Donald Trump and his administration have responded with malevolent indifference. These deaths are but another entry in a social Darwinist ledger where the “useless eaters” are being left to die for “capitalism” — and in service to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Source: Novelist and screenwriter Aleksandar Hemon on the “magnitude of catastrophe” facing America | Salon.com