How climate change is reducing numbers of humpback whale calves in the north-west Atlantic

Climate change is affecting the whole ecosystem that humpback whales depend on for food, which is making it harder for females to sustain pregnancies.

Joanna Kershaw, Teaching and Research Associate, Plymouth University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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What tailgating does to men’s bodies

Heavy drinking and eating at tailgate parties doesn't affect all healthy but overweight men the same way, according to new research.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

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Does aspirin lower colorectal cancer risk? Not after age 70

A new study finds that while regular aspirin use has clear benefits in reducing colorectal cancer incidence among middle-aged adults, the benefits stop after age 70.

Malorye Branca • harvard
yesterday ~4 min

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Climate change: Trump's Paris withdrawal was 'reckless' - John Kerry

US Special Envoy on climate John Kerry says President Trump's Paris pull-out endangered lives.

yesterday ~3 min

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COVID-19 vaccine: 1 dose for many or 2 doses for some?

Until the COVID-19 vaccine supply increases, "we are better off vaccinating twice as many people" with a first dose only, says Christopher Gill.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
yesterday ~9 min

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Cognitive decline due to ageing can be reversed in mice – here's what the new study means for humans

Anti-inflammatory drugs may be able to reverse cognitive decline in the future.

Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology, University of Brighton • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

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Pollinators: neonicotinoid pesticides stop bees and flies from getting a good night's sleep

Chemicals banned in the EU were recently granted an exemption for limited use in the UK.

Kiah Tasman, Teaching Associate in Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

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Is the dormancy of flies possible in people?

New research with flesh flies clarifies how the insects switch from dormancy to arousal. The findings raise some sci-fi possibilities.

Kirsten Romaguera-U. Florida • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

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Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US

The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.

Ryan Reihart, Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate of Ecology, University of Dayton • conversation
yesterday ~5 min

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How engineering can contribute to a reimagining of the US public health system

A revamping of health care engineering in the US can help reimagine public health.

Woodrow W. Winchester III, Graduate Program Director, Professional Engineering Programs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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