FDA advisory committee votes unanimously in favor of a one-shot COVID-19 vaccine approach – 5 questions answered

Many questions remain about next steps for US vaccine policy. But the FDA advisory panel’s hearty endorsement of a single-composition COVID-19 vaccine represents a pivotal step.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor of Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
today ~9 min

What’s up with the high price of eggs?

Three main factors are driving up cost of eggs, says Gregory Archer. It could take months for things to get back to normal.

Laura Muntean-Texas A&M • futurity
today ~3 min

West Antarctica Ice Sheet collapse isn’t set in stone

The West Antarctica Ice Sheet contains enough ice to raise global sea level by 11 feet, but a new study finds its collapse isn't inevitable.

U. Washington • futurity
today ~7 min

Hairdressers of color are exposed to dangerous chemical mix

Black and Hispanic hairdressers are exposed to a mixture of chemicals, many of them potentially hazardous and undisclosed on labels.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
today ~6 min

Color-changing material could warm or cool buildings

“This kind of smart material lets us maintain the temperature in a building without huge amounts of energy.”

U. Chicago • futurity
today ~6 min

Exxon scientists accurately forecast climate change back in the 1970s – what if we had listened to them and acted then?

An alternate timeline that ends with a Nobel prize for Exxon’s CEO.

John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Natural and Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
today ~7 min

To avoid cheating, take your partner’s perspective

To avoid cheating on your partner, try taking their perspective. New research indicates the approach can work.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
today ~6 min

Drug could counter inflammation linked to depression

A drug that increases dopamine in the brain has potential to reverse the effects of inflammation on brain reward circuitry, depression research finds.

Jennifer Johnson McEwen-Emory • futurity
today ~5 min

Power struggles in nature can be more subtle, nuanced and strategic than just dog-eat-dog

Life can be a struggle for power – not just for people but for nonhuman animals, too. An animal behaviorist explains how this quest can be more Shakespearean drama than boxing match.

Lee Alan Dugatkin, Professor of Biology and Distinguished Arts and Science Scholar, University of Louisville • conversation
today ~7 min

LA's long, troubled history with urban oil drilling is nearing an end after years of health concerns

The Los Angeles area has over 20,000 active, idle or abandoned oil wells. The city and county have voted to ban new ones after studies showed health problems in residents living nearby.

Bhavna Shamasunder, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College • conversation
today ~10 min