US life expectancy drops dramatically due to COVID-19

U.S. life expectancy just dropped by more than a year — the largest decline in decades — as a result of the sheer number of deaths from COVID-19, according to estimates from a new study. The study researchers project that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the average U.S. life expectancy in 2020 will drop by […]

Researchers say they may have found proof of theorized axions, and possibly dark matter, around group of neutron stars — ScienceDaily

A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a group of neutron stars. First theorized in the 1970s as part of a solution to a fundamental particle […]

Stainless steel cups for any beverage

It happens all the time. Your herbal tea goes lukewarm before it soothes your throat. The ice in your cocktail melts when you savor every sip. A drink is undoubtedly more enjoyable when it holds temperature, but few vessels can make that happen. A stainless steel cup is an awesome tool for keeping hot drinks […]

Simulating evolution to understand a hidden switch

IMAGE: Using computer simulations built on reasonable assumptions and conducted under careful control, computational bioscientists can mimic real biological conditions. Starting with the original founding population (ancient phase), they can evolve… view more  Credit: © 2021 KAUST; Anastasia Serin Computer simulations of cells evolving over tens of thousands of generations reveal why some organisms retain a […]

Semeru volcano on Indonesia’s Java island spews hot clouds

In this photo released by Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Mount Semeru spews volcanic material during an eruption in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. (National Disaster […]

Why is snow white? | Live Science

Imagine waking up after a night of heavy snowfall — you look out the window and see a world of white. But if you turn on a faucet or open the freezer, you’ll notice that liquid water and ice usually appear clear. So, why is snow white? When it comes to understanding how H2O, an […]

Bedside lights that do more than shine

Upgrade your bedside lighting. (Amazon/) Our bodies’ circadian rhythms function best with established routines, predictable light, and lower noise levels. When circadian rhythms are functioning well, our sleep is deeper and we wake feeling more rested. However, with so many hours spent indoors and under artificial lighting it’s easy to fall out of rhythm and […]

Altering mealtimes could prevent development of Type 2 diabetes

An innovative new study is set to examine if changing our mealtimes to earlier or later in the day could reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Led by Dr Denise Robertson, Professor Jonathan Johnston and post graduate researcher Shantel Lynch from the University of Surrey, the study, outlined in the journal Nutrition Bulletin, […]

Scientists identify nutrient that helps prevent bacterial infection

Colorized scanning electron micrograph showing carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae interacting with a human neutrophil Credit: NIAID Scientists studying the body’s natural defenses against bacterial infection have identified a nutrient—taurine—that helps the gut recall prior infections and kill invading bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn). The finding, published in the journal Cell by scientists from five institutes […]