Could the “overview effect” calm political polarization?

In a special edition of the science journal Futures, Sanjoy Som considers the future evolution of the Earth through investigating the longevity of humanity. This article is an exploration of his thoughts, previous work on this topic, and was reviewed by fellow scientists. Astrobiologists study the origins, evolution, and future life of the universe. As […]

Mexico City ban on single-use plastics takes effect

A customer receives his order of fried plantains, served on a non-biodegradable disposable plate along with a plastic fork, from a street vendor in central Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. The few street food vendors out working on New Year’s Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic said they were either unaware of or were still […]

Scientist shows global warming effect on greenhouse gas emissions in paddy soils

A soil scientist from RUDN University studied the decomposition of organic matter in rice paddies–the sources of CO2 and methane emissions. Both gases add to the greenhouse effect and affect climate warming in subtropical regions. The emissions increase when the roots of plants influence microbial communities in the soil. This influence, in turn, depends on […]

The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on drug overdoses

The early months of the pandemic (March to May 2020) saw a spike in overdose deaths. (Pexels/) The COVID-19 pandemic has overtaken the health news cycle this year. And though the novel coronavirus remains a major public health threat, other substantial health issues that affect Americans—like the opioid epidemic—haven’t gone away and many of them […]

Mimicking the effect of exercise with gene therapy

IMAGE: The picture shows heart cells formed by stem cells. The cell nucleus appears blue and stem cells are green. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have identified… view more  Credit: Photo: NTNU It sounds too good to be true – and it is. But Jose Bianco Moreira and the CERG research group […]

Effect of climate change on infectious diseases unknown to half of the population

The transmission of specific infectious diseases have been altered by processes linked to climatic and environmental anomalies. An increase in infectious outbreaks is expected to be seen in mild climates due to global warming, and the alterations in climate patterns, such as El Niño, are modifying the presence, density, strength and dynamics of transmission of […]

Effect of odor on helpfulness in rats — ScienceDaily

Despite their reputation, rats are surprisingly sociable and actually regularly help each other out with tasks. Researchers at the Universities of Göttingen, Bern and St Andrews have now shown that a rat just has to smell the scent of another rat that is engaged in helpful behaviour to increase his or her own helpfulness. This […]

Man’s ‘heart attack’ was really side effect from swallowed battery

When a man arrived at the emergency room, it looked to doctors like he was having a heart attack. But that was a false alarm: The man had actually swallowed a battery that messed with his electrocardiogram (EKG), a measure of the heart’s electrical activity, according to a new report of the case.  Once doctors […]

Effect of vitamin B12 injection on vocal performance of professional singers

What The Study Did: Researchers in this randomized clinical trial looked at whether a vitamin B12 injection improved mild singing-related symptoms such as reduced stamina and vocal fatigue among professional singers. Authors: Michael M. Johns III, M.D., of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit […]