Now-dead radio telescope finds bizarre venomous-spider star

Astronomers have discovered black widows and redbacks in space. While these cosmic objects don’t kill and eat their mates, the stars share their eight-legged counterparts’ violent behavior toward companions. In addition to the run-of-the-mill spider stars, the researchers also discovered a bizarre black widow-redback crossbreed. The scientists used the now-destroyed Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico […]

USask study finds COVID isolation worsens student diets, inactivity, and alcohol intake

A University of Saskatchewan study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students. The findings of the study–the first to assess changes in students’ dietary intake, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour before and during the […]

Examination of Theia 456 finds its nearly 500 stars were born at same time

An artistic rendering of generic stellar streams in the Milky Way. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt, SSC & Caltech The Milky Way houses 8,292 recently discovered stellar streams—all named Theia. But Theia 456 is special. A stellar stream is a rare linear pattern—rather than a cluster—of stars. After combining multiple datasets captured by the Gaia space telescope, […]

No limit to cardiovascular benefits of exercise, study finds — ScienceDaily

Physical activity is not only associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but there is no threshold for that association, with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease seen for those who are most active, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Terence Dwyer of University of Oxford, UK, and […]

Sleep evolved before brains did, study finds

Our brains need sleep to work properly. But it turns out you don’t need a brain to sleep. In a new study, researchers identified a sleep-like state in a tiny, freshwater animal called a hydra, which has a simple anatomy and lacks a brain. “We now have strong evidence that animals must have acquired the […]

Survey finds Americans may delay medical appointments, emergency care during pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute finds many Americans would delay doctor’s appointments and even emergency care when COVID-19 rates are high. The survey found 67 percent of Americans are more concerned about going to medical appointments when COVID-19 rates are high in their area and […]

New Zealand research finds increased trust in government and science amid pandemic

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New Curtin University research has found a dramatic increase in people’s trust in government in Australia and New Zealand as a result of the COVID pandemic. Published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration, the team surveyed people in Australia and New Zealand in July 2020 and found confidence in public […]