People sometimes prefer burning hot pain to thinking too hard

When faced with a challenging mental task, some people would rather endure literal pain than use their brain power.   According to a new study, published Nov. 17 in the journal eLife, the prospect of performing a difficult mental task can be just as off-putting as the threat of a painful experience, like having a […]

Here are answers to 6 burning questions about COVID-19 vaccines

The recent success of some coronavirus vaccines in late-stage clinical trials has inched us closer to the end of the pandemic — a glimmer of hope in a long year of living with the virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is gearing up to consider emergency use authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine […]

The burning question of Bonfire Night pollution

IMAGE: An air filter before and after the experiment, showing the amount of polluting materials collected on Bonfire Night 2017 view more  Credit: Michael Adams Bonfire Night celebrations contaminate our air with hugely elevated amounts of soot, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Leeds were monitoring air quality to determine whether soot created by […]

The burning question of Bonfire Night pollution

An air filter before and after the experiment, showing the amount of polluting materials collected on Bonfire Night 2017. Credit: Michael Adams Bonfire Night celebrations contaminate our air with hugely elevated amounts of soot, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Leeds were monitoring air quality to determine whether soot created by fires and […]