Futurity3 min. leídosBiology
What Triggers A Sneeze Reflex?
Researchers have identified, in mice, the specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex. A tickle in the nose can help trigger a sneeze, expelling irritants and disease-causing pathogens. But the cellular pathways that control the sneeze
Futurity3 min. leídosChemistry
Bacteria Clean Oil-polluted Soil On Old Military Bases
Diesel-polluted soil from now-defunct military outposts in Greenland can be remediated using naturally occurring soil bacteria, according to an extensive five-year experiment in Mestersvig, East Greenland. Mothballed military outposts and stacks of r
Futurity4 min. leídosPolitics
What Juneteenth Teaches Us About Emancipation
For historian Julie Saville, the celebration of Juneteenth highlights the work that was required to secure freedom for enslaved Black people. “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United S
Futurity4 min. leídosChemistry
Ancient Shells Hint Past High CO2 Levels Could Return
Using two methods to analyze tiny organisms found in sediment cores from the deep seafloor, researchers have estimated carbon dioxide levels from the past 66 million years. Their findings show a consistent picture of the evolution of the ocean-atmosp
Futurity1 min. leídosMedical
What Parents Should Know About Kids And The COVID-19 Vaccine
As vaccines become available for younger people, Nathan Price has answers about COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and the risk of side effects in children. A rise in adolescent hospitalizations in March and April led the US Centers for Disease Control a
Futurity4 min. leídosEarth Sciences
‘Doomsday Glacier’ May Be More Stable Than Feared
The world’s largest ice sheets may be in less danger of sudden collapse than previously predicted, according to a new study. The study in Science includes simulating the demise of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, one of the world’s largest and mos
Futurity2 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
Solar Power And Energy Storage Combo Boosts Reliability
New research shows that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the end result is greater than the sum of its parts in terms of its ability to handle peak energy demand. That’s encouraging news for renewable energy. “E
Futurity1 min. leídos
Researchers: Career Metrics Uphold Racism, Sexism In Science
The metrics that mark career success for researchers are biased against already marginalized groups in science, say 24 researchers. The criteria that measure progress—or lack thereof—include how often a researcher’s studies are cited by other scienti
Futurity3 min. leídosPsychology
Your Brain Biology May Explain ‘Doomscrolling’
The biology of our brains may play a role in “doomscrolling,” according to new research. The term “doomscrolling” describes the act of endlessly scrolling through bad news on social media and reading every worrisome tidbit that pops up, a habit that
Futurity3 min. leídosPsychology
Watch: Deep Learning Predicts The Future To Make Photos Move
A new deep learning method can animate moving material, such as waterfalls, smoke, or clouds, from a single photo. Sometimes photos can’t truly capture a scene. How much more epic would that vacation photo of Niagara Falls be if the water were moving
Futurity3 min. leídosEarth Sciences
Ocean Microplastic Levels Change With The Seasons
A new method can spot ocean microplastics globally and track them over time. The new work provides a day-by-day timeline of where microplastics enter the water, how they move, and where they tend to collect. An estimated 8 million tons of plastic tra
Futurity2 min. leídosPsychology
Child-free Adults Are Just As Happy As Parents
A quarter of adults don’t want children and they’re still happy, research on child-free people finds. As more people acknowledge they simply don’t want to have kids, Jennifer Watling Neal and Zachary Neal, both associate professors in Michigan State
Futurity4 min. leídosBiology
Immune Cells From The Skull Protect The Brain
New research in mice reveals the skull as unexpected source of brain immunity. The immune system is the brain’s best frenemy. It protects the brain from infection and helps injured tissues heal, but it also causes autoimmune diseases and creates infl
Futurity1 min. leídosWorld
What Does Netanyahu’s Ouster Mean For Israel?
Benjamin Netanyahu has been ousted as Israel’s Prime Minister after a no-confidence vote by the Knesset. Netanyahu’s historic and regularly controversial 12-year political reign make him the longest serving Premier in Israel’s history. With Naftali B
Futurity3 min. leídosEnvironmental Science
Crayfish Get Bolder When Antidepressants Pollute Water
Exposure to antidepressants in the water can make crayfish more outgoing, but that’s not such a good thing for the freshwater crustaceans, a new study finds. “Low levels of antidepressants are found in many water bodies,” says A.J. Reisinger, lead au
Futurity2 min. leídosPolitics
How Did Conspiracies Get So Big In American Politics?
Political scientist Scott Tyson studies how conspiracies and radicalization have entered the American mainstream, and what to do about it. Over the course of the last five years, he noticed a watershed. For starters, the term conspiracy “theory” no l
Futurity4 min. leídosAstronomy & Space Sciences
Many Milky Way Stars May Host Planets Like Earth
Researchers have developed a new method for better understanding the relationship between a star’s chemical composition and planet formation. The researchers found that the majority of stars in their dataset are similar in composition to the sun, som
Futurity5 min. leídosBiology
GPS-wearing Hippos Track Anthrax Outbreak
Hippos offered scientists a window into the progression of an anthrax outbreak that struck Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, in the dry season of 2017. Through surveys and GPS monitoring, researchers learned that reduced dry-season flows in the Great Ru
Futurity4 min. leídosPsychology
Preference For Round Numbers Skews Job Stats In The News
Journalists’ preference for round numbers can influence elections, new research indicates. The findings may clarify how the media’s choices about what to cover influence the way people vote—and, consequently, election results. Gregory J. Martin, an a
Futurity2 min. leídosPsychology
Hollywood Sexism Still Tarnishes Female Journalists
Sexist portrayals of female journalists on TV and in movies can reinforce existing bias, research finds. When a fictional female journalist appears on screen, chances are she’s about to sleep with one of her sources. It’s a trope that infuriates actu
Futurity5 min. leídosChemistry
For ‘Greener’ Concrete, Use Volcanic Rock?
Replacing just one of concrete’s main ingredients with volcanic rock could slash carbon emissions from manufacturing the material by nearly two-thirds, according to a new study. Concrete has given us the Pantheon in Rome, the Sydney Opera House, the
Futurity2 min. leídosCrime & Violence
Do Student Social Media Posts Count As Free Speech?
When students post on social media from off of school property, are those posts protected as free speech? The US Supreme Court will issue a ruling that decides that question before adjourning for the summer. When Brandi Levy, a junior varsity cheerle
Futurity2 min. leídosEarth Sciences
Endangered Blue Whales Are Singing In The Indian Ocean
Endangered blue whales are present and singing off the southwest coast of India, research shows. The findings suggest conservation measures should include this region, which is considering expanding tourism. Analysis of recordings from late 2018 to e
Futurity1 min. leídos
Book Traces Long History Of Black Women Doing Yoga
A new book highlights how Black women have historically used yoga to practice self-care. The pandemic has emphasized the importance of taking care of yourself amid anxiety, uncertainty, and stress. For Black women, who often face a disproportionate b
Futurity2 min. leídosIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
Name The Emotion You Want Drone Video To Capture
A new model lets a drone shoot a video based on a desired emotion or viewer reaction. It takes skill to fly a drone smoothly and without crashing. Once someone has mastered flying, there are still camera angles, panning speeds, trajectories, and flig
Futurity2 min. leídosMedical
Face Masks Really Work Even With Some Leaks
New research confirms that surgical face masks effectively reduce outgoing airborne particles from talking or coughing, even after allowing for leakage around the edges of the mask. Wearing masks and other face coverings can reduce the flow of airbor
Futurity2 min. leídosBiology
Urine Test Detects New Or Returning Bladder Cancer
A new urine screening test can detect new or recurrent cases of bladder cancer, researchers report. The test uses a protein called keratin 17 as a cancer biomarker. Accurate detection of bladder cancer, or urothelial carcinoma (UC), is often difficul
Futurity2 min. leídosPsychology
Postpartum Women In Bad Relationships Face More Health Risks
Postpartum women in bad romantic relationships are not only more likely to suffer symptoms of depression, but are also at greater long-term risk of illness or death, according to a new study. Researchers examined how relationships and partner behavio
Futurity4 min. leídosNature
To Save Migrating Birds, Turn Off Some Lights
Darkening just half of a building’s windows can make a big difference for migrating birds, a new study shows. Every night during the spring and fall migration seasons, thousands of birds are killed when they crash into illuminated windows, disoriente
Futurity3 min. leídosChemistry
How To Combine Nanocrystals That Don’t Like Each Other
Researchers have developed a blueprint for designing new materials using difficult combinations of nanocrystals. The work could lead to improvements in nanocrystals already used in displays, medical imaging, and diagnostics, and enable new materials
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