Rapid blood test identifies COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease

IMAGE: A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that measuring mitochondrial DNA in the blood of patients with COVID-19 can help predict which patients are… view more  Credit: WANDY BEATTY One of the most vexing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is doctors’ inability to predict which newly hospitalized patients will […]

Upper ocean temperatures hit record high in 2020

IMAGE: Fishing boats amidst “Arctic sea smoke ” near Qingdao, China on January 7th. Arctic sea smoke is a result of frigid air passing over relatively warm water; the phenomenon is rare,… view more  Credit: Shaoqing Wang Even with the COVID-19-related small dip in global carbon emissions due to limited travel and other activities, the ocean […]

A high order for a low dimension

IMAGE: Subtle changes in the arrangement of component materials can have a stronger knock-on effect to the bulk material than was previously thought. view more  Credit: © 2020 Kondo et al Spintronics refers to a suite of physical systems which may one day replace many electronic systems. To realize this generational leap, material components that confine […]

Fish sex organs boosted under high CO2

Triplefin fish. Credit: University of Adelaide Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future. Published in PLOS Biology, the researchers say that far from the negative effects expected under the elevated CO2 […]

Crops grown in Bangalore high on toxic heavy metals

Scientists in Bangalore, India have found toxic levels of four heavy metals, chromium, nickel, cadmium and lead, in crops and vegetables grown on soil irrigated with water from six lakes in the city, reports a study published December in Current Science. According to the study, the 17 lakes in and around Bangalore, a bustling city […]

Satellite data identifies companies fishing in high seas

A team of researchers, using satellite data and other analytical tools, has identified companies fishing in high seas–waters that lie outside of national jurisdiction where fishing has raised fears about environmental and labor violations. The study, which appears in the journal One Earth, is the first to link companies to fishing activity in these largely […]

High blood pressure at any age, no matter how long you have it, may speed cognitive decline

DALLAS, Dec. 14, 2020 — High blood pressure appears to accelerate a decline in cognitive performance in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure or hypertension. Having high blood pressure is a risk factor for cognitive […]