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Science News Briefs from around the world: May 2022

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ARGENTINA

As the ice fields of the Patagonian Andes shrink, the underlying tectonic plates are simultaneously pushing up. The researchers found that heavy glaciers weigh down the floating sections of the mantle; when the ice melts, the ground below rises rapidly.

ICELAND

The ‘Blue Blob’, a mysterious sheet of freezing water in the North Atlantic Ocean, appears to have slowed down the melting rate of icelandic glaciers up to 50 percent. But experts warn that unhindered climate change could overcome this cooling effect by the 2050s.

GABON

Chimpanzees from the Rekambo community were seen application of crushed insects to their wounds and those of other members of the troupe, suggesting that they might benefit from pharmacological properties.

NORWAY

An analysis of 27 years of Norwegian salmon revealed a sharp reduction in their body sizefrom 2005. The decline is strongly correlated with a sudden drop in levels of ocean zooplankton, a crucial food source for fish.

TURKEY

A dagger forged from meteorite material and apparently found in the tomb of King Tut originally from outside Egypt. X-ray analysis suggests that the metalwork of the dagger did not match Egyptian metalwork at the time, but was consistent with techniques used in Mitanni, a region that straddles present-day Turkey.

AUSTRALIA

A deluxe version of songs of disappearancean album of bird songs of threatened or threatened Australian species, climbed to number two on the country’s music charts. The birds soared above Taylor Swift’s latest album, nesting just below the suave tones of Korn.

This article originally appeared as “Quick Hits” in Scientific American 326, 5, 19 (May 2022)

doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0522-19

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