Study examines how clean air act affects municipal bond market

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Research has studied the effects of climate risk on financial markets, but few studies have addressed the effect of environmental policy on those markets. A new study examined whether federal policy aimed at mitigating local air pollution—specifically, the Clean Air Act—affected the municipal bond market from 2005 to 2019. The study […]

Six-fold rise in brain pressure disorder that affects mostly women

A brain pressure disorder that especially affects women, causing severe headaches and sometimes permanent sight loss, has risen six-fold in 15 years, and is linked to obesity and deprivation, a new study by Swansea University researchers has shown. Rates of emergency hospital admissions in Wales for people with the disorder were also five times higher […]

How your daily screen time affects your wellbeing

Focusing your eyes—and your mind—on a device for too long may have negative effects on your health. (Mehdi Lamaaffar from Unsplash/) These days, far too many of us end our work days by closing one screen and turning to another. And with COVID-19 cases continuing to spike across the country, staying home and staring at […]

Zika virus affects eye development before but not after birth — ScienceDaily

While the SARS-CoV-2 virus has dominated the news this past year, researchers continue to study the health effects of the Zika virus, which has been reported in 86 countries globally. The Zika virus is primarily transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus. However, it can also be passed through sexual […]

Chemical memory in plants affects chances of offspring survival

IMAGE: Thale Cress grown without inherited memories (left) and grown with the memories (right) view more  Credit: University of Warwick Plants have the unique capability to sense and adapt to changes in their environment This information is stored in the form of ‘epigenetic memory’ which can be passed on to the offspring, resulting in defects […]

Spaceflight affects the human body in two major, peculiar ways

Spaceflight impacts the body in a number of ways. (NASA /) There might be a few reasons we want to escape our planet’s troubles and hitch a ride to Mars right now. But space is hard: radiation, weightlessness, isolation and a screwed-up sleep schedule can take a toll on the body. Before us Earthlings embark […]

Polar climate affects trade wind strength in tropics

The blue ice covering Lake Fryxell in the Transantarctic Mountains comes from melted glacier water. Credit: Joe Mastroianni, National Science Foundation The impact of sea surface temperature variations in the tropical Pacific on global climate has long been recognized. For instance, the episodic warming of the tropical Pacific during El Niño events causes melt of […]

A long distance connection: polar climate affects trade wind strength in tropics

IMAGE: The blue ice covering Lake Fryxell in the Transantarctic Mountains comes from melted glacier water. view more  Credit: Joe Mastroianni, National Science Foundation The impact of sea surface temperature variations in the tropical Pacific on global climate has long been recognized. For instance, the episodic warming of the tropical Pacific during El Niño events causes […]