US coral reefs, study, climate change, decline
The author writes, “A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in US waters is sounding the alarm about the continuing decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world’s oceans amid the environmental effects posed by human activity and climate change. The report, released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Maryland ... says the condition of most [US] coral reef regions is ‘fair,’ it added that pollutants pose potentially catastrophic threats to their survival.” Photo credit: USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

As an Ex-President, Trump Could Disclose the Secrets He Learned While in Office (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “As president, Donald Trump selectively revealed highly classified information to attack his adversaries, gain political advantage and to impress or intimidate foreign governments, in some cases jeopardizing U.S. intelligence capabilities. As an ex-president, there’s every reason to worry he will do the same, thus posing a unique national security dilemma for the Biden administration, current and former officials and analysts said.”

One in Five COVID-19 Patients Develop Mental Illness Within 90 Days (Dana)

The author writes, “Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days. Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems. The researchers from Britain’s Oxford University also found significantly higher risks of dementia, a brain impairment condition.”

Diets High in Protein, Particularly Plant Protein, Linked to Lower Risk of Death (Mili)

The author writes, “Diets high in protein, particularly plant protein, are associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, finds an analysis of the latest evidence published by the BMJ today. The researchers say these findings ‘support current dietary recommendations to increase consumption of plant proteins in the general population.’ Diets high in protein, particularly protein from plants such as legumes (peas, beans and lentils), whole grains and nuts, have been linked to lower risks of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke, while regular consumption of red meat and high intake of animal proteins have been linked to several health problems.”

After 20 Years of Service, the Space Station Flies Into an Uncertain Future (Dana)

From Ars Technica: “The station is unique in that no one has ever built such a large spacecraft in orbit, nor flown it so long. In that sense, it tests the limits of what is possible every day, and it is worth thinking about the achievements of the station. These go far beyond geopolitics and range from science to exploration to the commercialization of space. And yet there is growing concern that the space station may be retired before there is a replacement, soon ending our two decades in orbit. Moreover, we could fritter away much of the value we have gained from such an outpost.”

Kentucky Restaurants Offer Free Food if You Turn in Your MAGA Hats and Trump Apparel (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Owners of two Louisville restaurants extended an ‘olive branch’ to supporters of President Donald Trump following Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. If you have Trump merchandise you’d like to get rid of, Six Forks Burger Company and Pollo: A Gourmet Chicken Joint will take it. And you’ll get free food!”