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How Smog Leads To Tons Of Plastic Trash
When air pollution is high, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch—increasing plastic waste from food packaging—research finds. “Plastic waste is a growing global environmental concern. While we see more research
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Chimps Focus On Positive Relationships In Old Age
As they get older, wild chimpanzees seek interactions with other group members in increasingly positive ways, a new study shows. Humans prioritize close, positive relationships during aging, which can support physical and mental health. The researche
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Quarantines And Other Non-medical Tactics Cut COVID Deaths
Voluntary shelter-in-place, quarantines, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions can reduce the peak number of COVID infections, daily infection rates, cumulative infections, and overall deaths, researchers report. “High compliance with voluntary
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Can Gargling Saltwater Replace Nasal Swab COVID Tests?
A new COVID test that relies on gargling with saltwater instead of using a nasal swab shows encouraging initial results, researchers say. Michael Worobey, head of the ecology and evolutionary biology department at the University of Arizona, specializ
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This Halloween, Trick-or-treating Could Be Down 41%
New data predicts that trick-or-treating could be down approximately 41% for households with children under 14 due to COVID-19. The report, published by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, also found: “…our survey suggests that COVID-
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Why Some Ancient Egyptian Ink Contained Lead
X-ray microscopy reveals lead compounds in red and black inks on 12 ancient Egyptian papyrus fragments. The researchers suggest they were used for their drying properties rather than as a pigment. A similar lead-based “drying technique” has also been
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‘Nearly Invisible’ Leopards Rebound In China
Leopard populations in northern China are on the mend, according to new research. Most of the world’s leopards are endangered and generally, the number of these shy and stunning cats is decreasing. Leopards are fascinating animals. In addition to bei
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How Affordable Health Care Can Fight Climate Change
Improving health care in rural Indonesia reduced incentives for illegal logging in a nearby national park, averting millions of dollars’ worth of atmospheric carbon emissions, a study finds. The finding indicates that accessible and affordable health
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New Wasp May Be A Parasite Of A Parasite
Researchers have discovered a new wasp species that may be a parasite of a parasite. A horrifying insect soap opera with vampires, mummies, and infant-eating parasites is playing out on the stems and leaves of live oak trees every day, and evolutiona
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Nanofoam Could Make Football Helmets Safe For Longer
A liquid nanofoam liner undergoing testing could prolong the safe use of football helmets, researchers report. When a helmet withstands an impact severe enough to cause a concussion to the player wearing it, the safety features of the helmet are comp
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Old Dog Training Methods Teach Robots New Tricks
With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, researchers showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks, including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot, named Spot, was able to learn in days what typically take
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Volcanoes Feed The Atmosphere On Jupiter’s Moon Io
The atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io is a witches’ brew, composed primarily of the sulfurous exhalations of more than 400 volcanoes that dot the surface. A new study clarifies how it got that way. Until now, it was unclear whether volcanoes spewing ho
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Stress Shows Up In Your Spit After Work Interruptions
The body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol when people are repeatedly interrupted at work, researchers report. And yet participants in the new study did not experience an equal rise in their perceived sense of psychological stress. Accordi
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Breast Cancer Is Rising Among South Asians In US
Indian and Pakistani women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, including more aggressive forms of the disease, at a younger age, according to new research. South Asians are the fastest-growing major ethnic group in the US with brea
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Americans’ Odds Of Getting Pregnant May Peak In Late Fall
The seasons in North America may play a role in how easy it is to get pregnant, research indicates. A study in Human Reproduction finds that couples in North America are most likely to start trying to conceive in September, but that they are most lik
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Light Pollution May Skew Mule Deer And Cougar Dynamic
Exposure to light pollution may alter predator-prey dynamics between mule deer and cougars across the intermountain West, a region where night skyglow is an increasing environmental disturbance, researchers report. The study is the first to assess th
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Lab-made Mini-lungs Mimic Real COVID Infections
A new lab-grown living lung model mimics the tiny air sacs of the lungs where coronavirus infection and serious lung damage take place. The advance allows researchers to watch the battle between the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and lung cells at the finest
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Men With Physical Jobs Have 55% Higher Dementia Risk
Men in jobs with hard physical work have a higher risk of developing dementia compared to men doing sedentary work, new research reveals. Based on the findings, researchers urge health authorities to make their recommendations concerning physical act
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Smoothie Time? Pig Blood Becomes Protein Powder
A new method turns pig blood into a neutral tasting protein powder for the food industry. Using an enzyme from papayas, researchers from the University of Copenhagen’s food science department have developed a method to extract protein from pig blood.
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54% Of Countries Mandate At Least 1 Vaccination
A new study comparing policies around the world finds broad implementation of vaccination mandates. However, the penalties for failing to vaccinate differ significantly by country, ranging from fines to jail time. “Achieving and maintaining high vacc
Futurity1 min lettiPolitical Ideologies
How Is The US Making Election 2020 Safe And Secure?
As the November 3rd election looms, the nation grapples with fears concerning the safety and integrity of the political process. With threats of foreign interference already straining the election, the COVID-19 pandemic introduced newfound uncertaint
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Method Can Upcycle Plastic Into Useful Molecules
An efficient, low-energy method can upcycle polyethylene plastic waste into valuable molecules, report researchers. When we started using plastics about 70 years ago, not much thought—if any—went to the implications of their lifespan and the fact tha
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How To Survive A Landslide
Certain human actions increase the chance of surviving a landslide, research finds. The March 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, became the deadliest landslide event in United States history. The disaster killed 4
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A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Different From Others
The process for creating a COVID-19 vaccine may be different from other common vaccines, Andrea Amalfitano says. Amalfitano is dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a professor of pediatrics, microbiology, and mole
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Experts: To Protect Public From COVID, Decarcerate
The United States must reduce incarceration to protect public safety during the pandemic, a report finds. To stem the tide of COVID-19 infections both within correctional institutions and in surrounding communities, jurisdictions around the US should
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How Will Self-driving Cars Affect Public Health?
Researchers have developed a framework to identify the public health effects of self-driving vehicles. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are the wave of the future in the automobile industry, and there’s extensive discussion about the impacts on transportati
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Imaging Tech Captures Molecule ‘Wobble’ In 3D
Researchers have found a way to visualize individual molecules inside living cells in greater detail, showing their position and orientation in 3D, and even how they wobble and oscillate. The work could shed invaluable insights into the biological pr
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Fake ‘Grammar’ Shows Apes Get Language Basics
Humans are not the only ones that can identify rules in complex language-like constructions—monkeys and great apes can, too, according to a new study. Researchers used a series of experiments based on an “artificial grammar” to conclude that this abi
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Mask Vs. Muzzle: Even Words Are Now Polarized
In the United States, even the meanings of some words are now polarized, research finds. Everyone is speaking English, say the scientists, but computer analysis of social media discussions shows viewers of different news channels are, in a sense, spe
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Simple Skin Test Identifies Parkinson’s Disease
A simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson’s disease, researchers report. Physicians currently diagnose patients using clinical signs and symptoms but a definitive diagnosis can only come during an autopsy. Parkinson’s disease is commonly m
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