Experts call for more pragmatic approach to higher education teaching

A university lecture but could the standard of teaching be improved if a different approach was taken by educators? Credit: Swansea University Millions of students around the world could benefit if their educators adopted a more flexible and practical approach, say Swansea University experts. After analyzing the techniques current being used in higher education, the […]

Is indoor dining safe? Five health experts weigh in.

Many states, like North Carolina, have kept indoor dining open, even as COVID-19 continue to explode. (Nathan Bingle/) This story originally featured on The Conversation. Earlier this fall, many of the nation’s restaurants opened their doors to patrons to eat inside, especially as the weather turned cold in places. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge across […]

COVID-19 vaccines may not work as well against South African variant, experts worry

A coronavirus variant identified in South Africa may not be as vulnerable to COVID-19 vaccines as other strains, some scientists say. Studies are now underway to find out if that’s actually the case. If the variant, known as 501.V2, is resistant to available vaccines, the shots could be tweaked to boost their effectiveness — adjustments […]

Experts develop new mechanism that can trap submicron particles in minutes

The researchers found salt acted similarly to a magnet. Credit: Loughborough University A spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down, but a new Loughborough-led study suggests a dash of salt is key to progressing important medical areas such as drug delivery and biological sample analysis. Naval Singh, a Ph.D. student in the University’s […]

Mexican experts find 119 more skulls on Aztec ‘trophy rack’

Archaeologists in Mexico City said Friday they have found another section of 119 skulls that were part of the Aztec capital’s main trophy rack of sacrificed humans. A five-year dig under old buildings near Mexico City’s Templo Mayor Aztec ruins has so far found a total of 603 skulls. They are believed to date to […]

Experts recommend Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to FDA for emergency use

The benefits of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks for emergency use in those 16 and older in the United States, a panel of vaccine experts told the Food and Drug Administration on December 10. The recommendation followed a daylong meeting the panel, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, held to discuss data […]

Harm prevention policies must take the long view, say experts — ScienceDaily

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest. Writing in The BMJ today, researchers in Australia and the UK say evidence suggests three periods of dynamic brain […]

Mailman School experts contribute to new Lancet report on health and climate change

December 4, 2020 — Unless we take urgent action to tackle climate change, we can expect an ever-hotter world that threatens global health, disrupts lives and livelihoods and overwhelms healthcare systems, according to The Lancet‘s Global Countdown on Health and Climate Change, a comprehensive global analysis tracking the impact of climate change on human health […]

U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs, experts urge — ScienceDaily

Structuring negotiations between insurers and providers, standardizing fee-for-service payments and negotiating prices can lower the United States’ health care spending by slowing the rate at which healthcare prices increase, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, examined how other high-income countries that use a fee-for-service model regulate health care […]

Sensor experts invent supercool mini thermometer — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature thermometer with big potential applications such as monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly. NIST’s superconducting thermometer measures temperatures below 1 Kelvin (minus 272.15 ?C or minus 457.87 ?F), down to […]