The Daily Dose: South Korea braces for a second wave of COVID-19

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Some South Korean health officials believe the country is experiencing its COVID-19 second wave. As per the BBC, “The country had been a success story in dealing with Covid-19, but now expects the pandemic to continue for months. Head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control (KCDC), Jung Eun-kyeong, said the first wave lasted up until April. Yet since May, clusters of new cases have grown, including outbreaks at nightclubs in the capital, Seoul. Between those periods, daily confirmed cases had fallen from nearly a thousand to zero infections recorded for three days in a row.” First or second wave, recent events have been worrisome for a country widely lauded for implementing a role-model COVID-19 response. https://bbc.in/3eoRWUz

The largest pre-historic structure in Britain has been discovered below ground. The massive circular Neolithic shaft encircles Durrington Walls, believed to be an ancient ritual site. According to a researcher involved, “The size of the shafts and circuit surrounding Durrington Walls is currently unique. It demonstrates the significance of Durrington Walls Henge, the complexity of the monumental structures within the Stonehenge landscape, and the capacity and desire of Neolithic communities to record their cosmological belief systems in ways, and at a scale, that we had never previously anticipated.” Experts are still learning about the significance of the area around the world heritage site, Stonehenge. https://bit.ly/316mbeY

Science takes a fascinating look at a climate theory that claims that rainforests are a major source of wind, rather than precipitation. According to the article, “They recycle vast amounts of moisture into the air and, in the process, also whip up winds that pump that water around the world. The first part of that idea—forests as rainmakers—originated with other scientists and is increasingly appreciated by water resource managers in a world of rampant deforestation. But the second part, a theory Makarieva calls the biotic pump, is far more controversial.” The assertion has made its proponents outsiders in the climate change field. https://bit.ly/3dog2gT

If you’ve ever worked the night-shift or, even-worse, the overnight shift, you know the havoc it wreaks on your body. For a good while your body just doesn’t know up from down. A new review paper looks at ways to minimize the physiological impacts. https://bit.ly/2YoXCZ4

Lastly, a video about how those gorgeous fighting fish relies on its genetics to dictate its behavior. https://bit.ly/3dpdOh2

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