Birds Sang a New Song During the Pandemic

Human behavior changed drastically with the COVID-19 pandemic. So too did animal behavior, researchers have now shown: Birds altered their songs as anthropogenic noise plummeted thanks to stay-at-home orders and elective quarantining. These findings highlight the malleability of behavioral traits and birds’ resilience to noise pollution, researchers have suggested. Throwback to the 1950s […]

Graz researchers identify biomarker for cardiovascular diseases

IMAGE: In a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, BioTechMed-Graz researchers Robert Zimmermann, Ulrike Taschler, Peter Macheroux, Shalinee Jha and Karl Gruber (f.l.) describe the effects of a DPP3-knockout… view more  Credit: © Lunghammer – TU Graz The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) becomes active at low blood pressure and forms angiotensin II, a hormone that […]

Huge new dataset will solve multiple Milky Way mysteries

Half right image taken in the late afternoon, the Moon is up. Half left image taken just some few minutes before the beginning of the morning twilight of the same night. Orion and the Pleiades shine over the AAT on a very dark night. 4-5 November 2011. Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia. Credit: Dr Ángel […]

Earwax may reveal how stressed you are

How stressed are you? Your earwax could hold the answer.  A new method of collecting and analyzing earwax for levels of the stress hormone cortisol may be a simple and cheap way to track the mental health of people with depression and anxiety.  Cortisol is a crucial hormone that spikes when a person is stressed […]

Ancient amphibian is oldest known animal with a slingshot tongue

A tiny amphibian that lived 99 million years ago had a secret weapon: A tongue that shot out of its mouth like a bullet to snatch its prey. It’s the earliest known example of this “ballistic tongue” style of predation, researchers say. The amphibian is a new species, represented by a few tiny bits of […]

Applying particle physics methods to quantum computing — ScienceDaily

Borrowing a page from high-energy physics and astronomy textbooks, a team of physicists and computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has successfully adapted and applied a common error-reduction technique to the field of quantum computing. In the world of subatomic particles and giant particle detectors, and distant […]

Using Nuclear Fallout to Measure Soil Erosion in Tunisia

After applying conventional methods to fight soil erosion, Tunisia is using cesium-137 (137Cs) to measure their efficiency. The innovative program is fitting for a country where desertification threatens nearly 52% of land suitable for agriculture, forestry, and pasture farming. “Conventional methods require several field visits and many years of measurements, while the fallout […]

The US hit 100,000 new COVID cases for the first time on Wednesday

As cases rise, pressure mounts at hospitals across the country. (Photo by SJ Objio on Unsplash/) Just in case things weren’t stressful enough across the nation as the results of a nail-biting election loom ahead, the US just hit an all-time high for new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, this time reaching into six digits. Across […]

Prejudice, poverty, gender – illustrations show the reality of living with disease

IMAGE: Long distances and poor roads hinder many with NTDs from accessing healthcare, especially those with poor mobility. view more  Credit: Sightsavers Illustrations by a local artist in Nigeria are helping health workers and policy makers understand what it’s really like to live with a neglected tropical disease (NTD). The twelve illustrations have been drawn as […]