Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart

The main difference between mating wild turkeys and high schoolers is that, one day, most high schoolers grow up. (Veronica B. Lilja/peppercookies.com/) Excerpted from The Love Lives of Birds: Courting and Mating Rituals © by Laura Erickson. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. Sometimes we develop a crush on an attractive person who seems absolutely perfect […]

COVID-19 infection rates low in people with rheumatic diseases, most report mild illness

ATLANTA — A new study shows that the COVID-19 infection incidence has been low in people with rheumatic diseases, and most of those infected experience a mild course of illness. Additionally, fatalities have been low among rheumatic disease patients infected with COVID-19. Details of this research was presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of […]

Two-birds-one-stone strategy shows promise in RNA-repeat expansion diseases

Alicia Angelbello and Matthew Disney, PhD, in the Disney lab on Scripps Research’s Jupiter, Florida, campus. Credit: The Scripps Research Institute A new strategy for treating a variety of diseases known as RNA-repeat expansion disorders, which affect millions of people, has shown promise in proof-of-principle tests conducted by scientists at Scripps Research. The results suggest […]

What are cytokines? | Live Science

Cytokines are molecules that allow your cells to talk to each other, and are crucial for healthy immune system function. Too many cytokines, however, can have a negative effect and result in what’s known as a “cytokine storm.” These small signaling molecules are produced by many different immune cells, such as neutrophils (some of the […]

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twists and turns — ScienceDaily

Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth — pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge. Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, marauding teleosauroids have remained enduringly elusive. Scientific understanding of this distant […]

Making a Place for the Next Generation of Geoscientists

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically slowed productivity and progress for many researchers and academics. Negative impacts have affected early-career scientists and underrepresented groups disproportionately and may be long lasting [Maas et al., 2020]. This is particularly true in the Earth sciences, where diversity has made only small strides since the 1970s [Bernard and […]

Five election misinformation campaigns to avoid resharing

As the final votes get counted, what results can you trust? (Halimqd/Deposit Photos/) Kate Starbird is an associate professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Jevin West is an associate professor and director of the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. Renee DiResta is a research […]

Seeing dark matter in a new light

IMAGE: Artist’s impression of a galaxy surrounded by gravitational distortions due to dark matter. Galaxies live inside larger concentrations of invisible dark matter (coloured purple in this image), however the dark… view more  Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions – James Josephides A small team of astronomers have found a new way to ‘see’ the elusive dark matter […]

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twists and turns

Artist’s impression of Macrospondylus- an extinct fossil group of teleosauriods. Credit: Nikolay Zverkov Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth—pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge. Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, […]

Massive great white shark Unama’ki spotted south of Miami

One of the largest great white sharks ever tagged was just spotted swimming south of Miami, Florida, according to NBC Miami.  Unama’ki “pinged” at 5:46 a.m. ET off of Key Largo, south of Miami on Thursday (Nov. 5) , which means that its dorsal fin broke the surface of the water, sending a signal to […]