Climate warming is altering animals' gut microbes, which are critical to their health and survival

The effect of a warmer climate on ecosystems and large and small vertebrates is being widely studied. But warmer temperatures seem to alter the microbes that live in and on these animals and plants.

Sasha Greenspan, Research Associate, University of Alabama • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  ecology  microbiome

How coronavirus kickstarts deadly lung inflammation

"Why do some people generate this very profound response, especially elderly people or people with underlying health conditions?" New research may explain.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
yesterday ~11 min

Tags: covid-19 inflammation lungs featured health-and-medicine

Sleep test may help diagnose and predict dementia in older adults

A noninvasive sleep test may help diagnose and predict dementia in older adults by measuring brain activity.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
yesterday ~3 min

Tags: dementia health-medicine aging sleep-study brain-activity brain-age-index

Kids face mental health risks when moms used pot during pregnancy

New research finds a link between using marijuana during pregnancy and the risk of psychotic-like experiences, depression, and social problems for kids.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
yesterday ~10 min

Tags: drugs pregnancy marijuana childrens-health health-and-medicine

Mars: mounting evidence for subglacial lakes, but could they really host life?

New findings boost chances of finding life on Mars, but there are better candidates in the solar system.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: mars extraterrestrial-life lakes life-on-mars astrobiology

Sir David Attenborough warns world leaders over extinction crisis

The naturalist uses a UN event to call on world leaders to do more to protect nature.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
yesterday ~6 min

Self-erasing chips could thwart counterfeit tech

A new self-erasing chip could help stop counterfeit electronics. It can store a secret message or authentication code for days before it disappears.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: electronics materials-science security science-and-technology

Majority say they’ll pay for climate action, if the plan’s right

A new study shows international support for simple funding plans to amend climate policy to address climate change, even if the costs are high.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: climate-change politics money government earth-and-environment

Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: computing computer-science employment women stem bias quick-reads research-brief technology sexism careers confidence workplace workforce men performance gender-gap young-women

How the airline industry recovers from COVID-19 could determine who gets organ transplants

As policymakers weigh financial aid for the airline industry, they have an opportunity to help make the US organ transplantation system more equitable at the same time.

Ronghuo Zheng, Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: health medicine business covid-19 coronavirus pandemic organ-transplant transportation airlines kidney-transplant organ-transplantation

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